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THE MAYOR’S LETTER
Welcome to London this May
Spring is in the air and a number of events will help you make the
most of everything in our city. The wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle will be an unforgettable celebration. If you’re here
for the royal wedding, which takes place in Windsor, make sure you
discover the capital’s royal history – Buckingham Palace, Hampton
Court Palace, the Tower of London… and that’s just for starters.
To make the most of the warm weather, head over to Kew Gardens,
where the Temperate House will reopen on 5 May after a five-year
refurbishment. For those looking for horticultural highlights, the
RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins on 22 May.
The capital’s museums and galleries open their doors for late-night
exhibitions as part of the Museums at Night festival, and it’s a great
time to take in open-air theatre, from Shakespeare’s Globe to Regent’s
Park Open Air Theatre. And football fans shouldn’t miss the women’s
(5 May) and men’s (19 May) FA Cup finals at Wembley Stadium.
However you spend your time, enjoy everything London has to offer! FIND YOUR

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
May 2018
CONTENTS
03 Mayor’s welcome
Sadiq Khan welcomes you to London
06 Top 10 free attractions
The most popular places to visit
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08 A special relationship
A guide to the royal wedding of
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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14 Light and magic


Inside The National Gallery’s
Monet exhibition
20 Discover 8
A look at the beauty of Notting Hill
96 Beyond London 86
Royal residences, from Windsor
Castle to Hampton Court Palace
114 London in numbers
Royal statistics

WHAT’S ON
22 Sightseeing 96
54 Museums & Galleries
64 Entertainment 80
80 Sport
82 Shopping
86 Eating Out
92 Nightlife
102 Essential Information 64
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78 Theatreland
106 Central London
109 River services
110 London buses
112 London Underground
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FREE ATTRACTIONS
London’s most popular free
attractions compiled according to
the latest available visitor numbers
from www.visitlondon.com

1 2 3

TOP
10 1 The British Museum
The famous museum houses treasures including
the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
10 4
2 The National Gallery
Priceless European art belonging to the nation, with
works by Botticelli, da Vinci, van Gogh and more.

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3 Tate Modern

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This former power station in Bankside, now with
a new wing, houses a modern art collection.
4 Natural History Museum
Explore the natural world, including
prehistoric fossils, dinosaurs and taxidermy.
5 Southbank Centre
This arts centre, with the recently reopened
Hayward Gallery, hosts music, dance and art events.
9 6 Somerset House 5
Somerset House is home to Embankment Galleries,
and The Courtauld Gallery with its Old Masters.
7 Science Museum
Interactive scientific fun for kids and grown-ups,
boasting everything from rockets to steam engines.
8 Victoria and Albert Museum
Incredible historic artefacts that span more than
3,000 years and include art, sculpture and fashion.
9 Royal Museums Greenwich
Discover maritime history and world-class art
in this Unesco World Heritage Site.
10 National Portrait Gallery
8 This gallery houses a collection of portraits 6
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T
he interest in the forthcoming wedding Even the couple’s date nights have become
of actress Ms Meghan Markle to His political – the two went to see Hamilton at the
Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Victoria Palace Theatre, which tells the story
Albert David (aka Prince Harry) is of the Founding Fathers of America and makes
reaching fever pitch as fans and subjects from a villain out of Harry’s ancestor, George III.
both the United States and the United Kingdom As we all wait to see what role the relationship
look forward to a fairytale made real.  will take on the world stage, here’s our look at
But, of course, this is not the first unification the American and British wedding traditions
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of American and British cultures. The much we can expect on the big day, and our verdict
quoted (particularly by British politicians) on which country will come out on top.
‘special relationship’ across the pond has existed
ever since the Mayflower first set sail from THE VENUE
Plymouth in Devon way back in 1620. The Following the abdication, Wallis Simpson and
wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry King Edward VIII became the Duke and Duchess
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is one in a long line of star couplings in which of Windsor, a place that will have significance
Hollywood glamour meets English tradition.  for Harry and Meghan – St George’s Chapel at
The most famous and controversial Anglo- Windsor Castle is to be the venue of their wedding
American relationship was surely the union of on 19 May. The couple are in good company,
US socialite Wallis Simpson and King Edward because the chapel has been the place of many
VIII – the resulting constitutional crisis (caused royal weddings: Prince Albert Edward, Prince
by the King’s desire to marry a divorcee) ended of Wales (who became King Edward VII) and
with his abdication, which rocked the royal family. Princess Alexandra of Denmark married here in
Prince Harry and Meghan’s marriage is less 1863, and Harry’s uncle Prince Edward, Earl of
controversial – Meghan is a divorcee but Harry’s Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones followed in 1999. 
father, Prince Charles, was divorced before Just 20 miles to the west of London, Windsor
marrying Camilla Parker Bowles, and as Prince Castle makes for a fantastic day trip, but there are
Harry is currently fifth in line to the throne other popular royal wedding venues in London
(subject to any new royal babies), it’s unlikely itself. The first royal wedding at Westminster
to have constitutional significance.  Abbey took place in 1100 between King Henry I

THE WEDDING DAY


19 May 2018
NOON Wedding takes place in St
George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
1PM The couple will enjoy a carriage
procession through the streets of
Windsor taking in Castle Hill, High
Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road,
Albert Road, Long Walk and, finally,
back to Windsor Castle.
THE COUPLE RETURN to
St George’s Hall for a reception.
PRINCE CHARLES will host a
private reception for the couple
and friends and family in the evening.

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ROYAL WEDDING

Left to right: Savile Row;


Prince William and Kate
Middleton’s wedding cake;
Lady Diana Spencer and
Prince Charles marry

of England and Matilda of Scotland, and there THE SUIT


have been many more celebrations at the abbey, There is still some debate as to whether Prince
including that of Queen Elizabeth II and the Harry will elect to wear military uniform or
Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. a traditional morning suit. Pundits seem to
Meghan’s first wedding took place over four days be suggesting that a morning suit will win out,
on a beach in Jamaica, while her parents, Doria but Harry is extremely proud of his career in
Loyce Ragland and Thomas Wayne Markle, wed the army in which he served as a captain and
in a Self-Realisation Fellowship Temple in LA. may choose to reflect that. Although retired
UK WINS FOR FAIRYTALE CHURCHES from the army, he continues his work with
armed services personnel through the Invictus
Games, an international sports event he set
THE DRESS up for wounded and sick personnel. Should
For many people, the ultimate royal wedding Harry choose to wear a morning suit, he’s
was that of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady highly likely to source one from Savile Row
Diana Spencer in July 1981, which took place in Mayfair, which is famous around the world
at another stunning venue, St Paul’s Cathedral. for its traditional men’s tailoring. 
Yet possibly the most memorable scene of the UK WINS FOR WORLD-CLASS TAILORING
day was the royal family grouped together on the
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balcony at Buckingham Palace with the crowds


IMAGES; DIANA AND CHARLES © ALAMY; BUNTING © ISTOCK

below cheering the couple. Diana wore an THE GUESTS


iconic dress – an ivory silk taffeta gown Meghan and Harry’s reputation as a couple
designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. of the people is sure to be enhanced by the
Meghan Markle’s chosen designer will have announcement that 1,200 members of the
the gulp-inducing task of matching up to the public from across the United Kingdom will
achievements of royal dress designers such as be invited to the wedding. A further 200 people
Norman Hartnell, creator of Queen Elizabeth II’s from Prince Harry’s charities, 100 school
dress, and Sarah Burton (of Alexander McQueen), pupils, 610 Windsor Castle community
who designed Kate Middleton’s dress. Designers members and 530 members of the Royal
in the running for Meghan’s dress include Vera Households and Crown Estate will have
Wang and Oscar de la Renta. Rumour has it received wedding invitations. 
that she might opt for the British fashion house Many royals, dignitaries and politicians
Ralph & Russo, which designed the gown she are invited, but it’s the star names from
wore for her engagement photos. Hollywood who we all want to hear about,
UK WINS FOR PATRIOTIC DESIGNERS particularly as Meghan, who was born in
Los Angeles, is one of their own. 

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ROYAL WEDDING

From left
to right:
Sir Elton John;
Michelle and
Barack Obama;
the Spice Girls

As the USA does not have a monarchy, the THE SPEECHES


fascination with the UK’s past makes the wedding Wedding traditions in the United States
hugely alluring to Americans. For many people and the UK are very similar, but there are
in the States, film stars and politicians are a few differences worth noting. Bachelor and
held in the same regard as royalty, and it is bachelorette parties in the States become stag
acceptable for them to move between these and hen dos in the UK – but whatever side of

SIR ELTON JOHN, MICHELLE AND BARACK OBAMA AND THE SPICE GIRLS © ALAMY; ALL GRAPHICS © ISTOCK
realms – from calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for the Atlantic you’re on, they tend to involve
President, to Barack Obama singing at his rallies. laughter and alcohol.
Speculation about some of the big names who The UK has ushers, not groomsmen, and
will attend include Meghan’s friend and tennis only the best man, the groom and the father
champion Serena Williams, actress Priyanka of the bride give a speech, unlike in the States
Chopra, actors from her TV show Suits and Barack where the chief bridesmaid also gives a speech.
and Michelle Obama, who are friends of Prince Everyone will be waiting for the best man’s
Harry through his work on the Invictus Games. speech – these are much kinder in America
US WINS FOR A-LIST CELEBRITIES where it’s traditional to share positive stories
about the groom, while in the UK you have to
be prepared to wince as best men dig out the
THE WEDDING SINGER most embarrassing stories they can find. The
With the world’s biggest entertainers at their question we’d all like to ask is what has (likely)
fingertips, there is already much speculation best man Prince William got on Prince Harry
about who will be singing the song for the couple’s that will make his royal cheeks blush?
first dance. Mel B of the Spice Girls hinted on Breaking with tradition, Meghan is planning
a TV chat show that the band had been invited, on doing something that has never happened
while Sir Elton John, who is good friends with at a royal wedding: she is giving her own speech.
the princes and performed at the funeral of their She has confidently spoken on women’s rights for
mother Princess Diana, is bound to be attending. the United Nations, so this will not come as a
There has been no formal announcement, but surprise. Given that she has called her husband
Ed Sheeran, who is pals with the royals, is said a feminist and the family she is marrying into
to be in the running. His song Thinking Out Loud has, for the first time in its 300-year history,
is synonymous with weddings – it’s a popular changed the succession rules so the eldest
proposal song, so much so that when he performs daughter can inherit the throne – this is truly
it, couples are invited onstage to pop the question. a landmark moment.
UK WINS FOR BRITISH TALENT US WINS FOR GIRL POWER

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LIGHT & MAGIC


Believe it or not, there hasn’t been a London exhibition entirely
dedicated to Claude Monet for more than 20 years. But now The
National Gallery is staging Monet & Architecture, says Neil Simpson THE WATER LILY POND AND HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT © NATIONAL GALLERY;

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onet was obsessed with nature, but this That winter, he painted this view of the
PROFESSOR RICHARD THOMSON COURTESY OF NATIONAL GALLERY

show shines a new light on his work Houses of Parliament from the Thames
featuring buildings. The show’s Embankment looking south. You get
curator, Professor Richard Big Ben silhouetted against a grey
Thomson, Watson Gordon sky and, in the foreground, some
Professor of Fine Art at scaffolding. Sir Charles Barry’s
Edinburgh University, says: Houses of Parliament (and
‘Monet painted architecture the Victoria Embankment,
for all sorts of positive purposes.’ where Monet was sitting)
Here he explains the display to had both been finally
us, so if you’re off to The National completed just a short while
Gallery, take this with you! before Monet painted them.
Just as he’d done on Trouville
1. MONET WAS AN EXILE IN Beach (see p. 18), Monet used
LONDON The Thames below a strong perspective, giving a sense
Westminster, 1871 of speed and modernity – he was coming
‘When the Franco-Prussian War broke out in up with modern compositions for very
1870, Monet quickly took his family to London. contemporary subjects.’

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MONET
1
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2 3

2. ONE OF MONET’S FIRST PAINTINGS architect Charles Garnier for a French financier
WAS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN and politician. This villa nestles into the
View of Bordighera, 1884 foreground, showing the contrast between
‘Railway systems that had been developed from the old bell tower and a plutocrat’s villa.’
the mid-19th century onwards enabled him to
paint the Mediterranean. Monet took the train 3. HE CAPTURED VENICE’S
from Paris to Marseille and into Italy, staying MELANCHOLY The Palazzo Dario (above)
at a small village just across the border called and The Palazzo Contarini, 1908
Bordighera. This painting is a view of the village ‘The exhibition has two paintings of palazzi
from a hill just outside, looking through the pine on Venice’s Grand Canal. They were built for
trees of that part of the Mediterranean. Sticking merchants, but by the start of the 19th century
out from the hill is the bell tower of Bordighera. many had been bought by wealthy foreigners.
It was built in the Middle Ages by the Saracens, For example, in 1900 Paris hosted a world fair
then extended and converted into a bell tower (The Exposition Universelle), which led to rich
for the parish church, so its architecture has visitors coming to Venice, including France’s
evolved through the centuries. The white tower Princesse de Polignac. Her husband pointed at
at the bottom was a contemporary building, the Palazzo Contarini and casually said he would
built around 1870 and designed by the French like to own something like it, so she bought it for

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MONET
4. HE WAS GIVEN SPECIAL PERMISSION
TO PAINT THIS RAILWAY STATION
The Saint-Lazare Station, 1877
‘The Gare Saint-Lazare is one of the major
railway stations in the centre of Paris. The
engineer Eugène Flachat designed its structure
of girders, which allowed an iron-and-glass roof
to spread 40 metres across the railway tracks,
unsupported. It was a remarkable piece
of architectural engineering at the time.
In a typical landscape painting, you would
expect the atmospheric features to be in the
sky, with a sense of irregularity from the clouds,
while beneath them, you expect order from
4 a man-made construction in the middle of
the picture. Here, however, Monet cheekily
reverses those expectations, so that in the
his birthday. A lot of people talking or writing central space, we get irregularity from the
about Venice at that time, such as Henry James, steam. Even though the steam is irregular
felt that the city was melancholic and its great however, it is also man-made. At the top of
age had gone: there was a tension between the Monet’s painting, the iron-and-glass roof is
excitement of tourists and how intellectuals painted almost symmetrically, which gives a
felt. This fascinated Monet and he chose to powerful sense of regularity. So, in this picture,
paint these buildings without any human Monet was reversing the conventional idea
figures, to convey that sense of melancholy.’ of landscape painting.’

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The Church at Varengeville,
Morning Effect, 1882
‘Monet walked quite far out to sea at low tide
to paint this. The cliff fills up the middle of the
picture like a great wall and then, perched on the
top, is the little medieval church at Varengeville,
Normandy. He had to escape pretty quickly
when the tide turned! This is a wonderfully
dramatic painting from a private collection.
From this massive cliff, you get a sense of the
enormous power and grandeur of nature, then
the fragility of the church on top. You also feel
the irregularity of nature with the jagged edge
of the cliff brim, with the regular angle of the
roof and the spire at the top. Although the cliff
looks powerful, the face of it has the marks of
crumbling. Those elements fascinated Monet
and led him to paint such a magnificent picture.’
6. MONET HIGHLIGHTED THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURE

TROUVILLE BEACH © WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART, HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT/THE ELLA GALLUP SUMNER AND MARY
CATLIN SUMNER COLLECTION FUND/ALLEN PHILLIPS/WADSWORTH ATHENEUM; THE RUE MONTORGUEIL © MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS
7 AND MODERNITY
Trouville Beach, 1870
‘Trouville was a recently developed tourist
resort on the Normandy beaches of northern
France – the spread of the railways made this
a fashionable destination at the time. On the
right-hand side you can see the modern villas
and hotels that had recently been constructed,
such as the Hotels de Roches Noires, with the
beach on the left. So, you get that contrast
between nature and modernity. Monet painted
these pictures from a position where the
boardwalk down the middle gives a rushing
perspective: your eye follows the boardwalk
into the distance and that sense of speed suits
the modernity of the scene.’

7. VISITORS WILL SEE MONET’S FAMOUS


WORKS AS WELL AS LESSER-KNOWN
ONES The Rue Montorgueil, Paris, 1878
‘This picture from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris
is a famous picture from a famous museum,
so obviously we’re thrilled to have it on display.
The exhibition includes 78 paintings, but
about a quarter are from private collections.
To feature so many paintings from private
collections – particularly by an artist of such
renown – is really something special. It means
that you will see some pictures that are very
familiar, but also many that are not so known.’
To 29 Jul. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN.
T: 020-7747 2885. www.nationalgallery.org.uk.
Monet & Architecture by Richard Thomson
is out 15 May

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The Mayor’s #SeeMoreLondon campaign encourages you to visit


local neighbourhoods. Here’s what to snap in Notting Hill, according to
Andrea Di Filippo and Sara Santini from the blog Pretty Little London
2 3 4
Since the 1999 release Cafés Portobello Notting Hill
of the romcom Notting Notting Hill has some Road Market Carnival
Hill, starring Hugh of the cosiest and most This quirky market is, One of the most exciting
Grant and Julia Roberts, picturesque cafés in fact, several markets events is the annual
this area of west London in London, making in one. Saturday is the Notting Hill Carnival
has become popular it perfect for tourists busiest day, when you at the end of August.
with tourists and film exploring the area and can find more than It’s Europe’s biggest
fans alike. Believe it or locals just looking for 100 stands selling food, street party and fills
not, though, this pretty a nice cuppa. Farm fashion accessories, west London with
location is not only Girl on Portobello household goods, Caribbean colours,
about the The Notting Road serves delicious vintage clothing and music and flavours.
Hill bookshop, where food and its rose latte almost anything else Watch floats and
Hugh and Julia fell in is definitely a drink you can think of. costumed performers
love, and that iconic you should try. It’s a When you’re visiting dancing through the
blue door – which, by photoworthy double- the market, keep your streets in the carnival
the way, was removed shot latte of rose water eyes open for Alice’s, parade, while stopping
and sold at auction at infused with milk and an eye-catching at the tempting food
Christie’s. You’ll find rose petals. Also worth vintage shop that’s stalls dotted around.
plenty of other spots to a mention is the popular located right in the
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One of Notting Hill’s with a cappuccino performers to be in Codrington Mews.
distinctive features and a selection of spotted too, making They’re the home
is the colourful pastel delicious cakes, biscuits the experience even of record label XL
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SIGHTSEEING
THE GREENHOUSE
EFFECT

PACKS A PUNCH
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oyal Botanic Gardens, makes Kew’s Temperate House
Kew has long been a vital for the horticultural
In May 1662, Samuel Pepys highlight of London’s world. The plants come from
wrote about his encounter with sightseeing scene, but regions including Asia, South
Mr Punch and his wife Judy, a once-in-a-lifetime unveiling America and New Zealand.
Britain’s most famous (and makes it a must-visit this Kew’s Dombeya Mauritiana
rather violent) puppet characters. month. Built from 1860, the tree is native to Mauritius but
Pepys’ description is the first Temperate House is the biggest is almost extinct where it’s
record of a Punch and Judy show, Victorian glasshouse in the found, in the highlands of the
which is celebrated at the annual world. The Grade I-listed East African island. The
Covent Garden May Fayre & structure, which closed for a Temperate House is now the
Puppet Festival (Sun 13 May). refurbishment in 2013, is now only place where this plant is
Expect plenty of puppet shows reopening (from 5 May; p. 28). cultivated. Similarly, Kew is
and lots of laughter. The Temperate House is home to Himalayan yew Taxus
www.alternativearts.co.uk constructed from an iron frame Wallichiana, which is being
and thousands of panes of glass, harvested to extinction, as it’s
under which 10,000 temperate used in a chemotherapy drug.
plants grow, representing 1,500 Director of horticulture
different species. During the at Kew, Richard Barley, says:
repair work, the team at Kew ‘We hope that every visitor
moved approximately 500 of will see plants in a new light.
MAY FAYRE © NED DYKE-COOMES; KEW IMAGES © RBG, KEW

these plants into a temporary And what a light it will be:


nursery and it has taken six when our first visitors swing
months to carefully put them open the doors, they will
back. The Victorian ironwork find these plants encased
CANAL CARNIVAL has been restored and the in a glistening cathedral.’
glass has been replaced to If you love the sound of this,
Now in its 35th year, the popular
Canalway Cavalcade (5-7 May)
create a grander space. you’ll also be pleased to hear
returns to Little Venice with bright This transformation isn’t that the Chelsea Flower
and beautiful canal boats. This is simply superficial, though. The Show is back (22-26 May).
a great chance to visit a real ale bar, glasshouse’s ventilation system Visitors can see world-class
watch a boat pageant, enjoy live has been replaced, in order to gardens, which are competing
music and see an illuminated boat make sure that the rare plants for prizes, at this annual show
parade after dark. There are kids’ inside can thrive. Many of the which was established in 1912
activities, too. It’s free to attend. unusual specimens that grow (www.rhs.org.uk).
www.waterways.org.uk inside are under threat, which – Neil Simpson

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INFO
To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central
London map. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key. Prices listed here are for tickets bought
in person – reductions may be available online. Admission prices and opening hours can change

SIGHTSEEING CHISWICK HOUSE & GARDENS


APSLEY HOUSE See Old Masters in this manor house, which
Visit the home of the Duke of Wellington to features neo-Palladian interiors. House Wed-Mon
see its grand interiors and fine art. Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, gardens daily 7am-dusk, conservatory
& bank hols 11am-5pm. Adult £10; child £6. daily 10am-3pm. House entry adult £7.50; child
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT. free. Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane,
T: 020-7499 5676. www.english-heritage.org.uk/ W4 2RP. T: 020-8995 0508. www.chgt.org.uk.
apsleyhouse. Station: Hyde Park Corner. F6. Station: Chiswick Park. Off map.

ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT CUTTY SARK


This observation tower, designed by Sir Anish This 19th-century ship is the world’s last surviving
Kapoor, offers views over Queen Elizabeth tea clipper. Enjoy afternoon tea under the hull or
Olympic Park (p. 28) and beyond. Mon-Fri 11am- family events. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £13.50;
5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Adult £12.50; child child £7. Joint tickets with Royal Observatory
£7.50. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2SS. available. Cutty Sark, King William Walk, SE10
T: 0333-800 8099. www.arcelormittalorbit.com. 9HT. T: 020-8312 6608. www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark.
Station: Stratford. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark/Greenwich. Map inset.

BANQUETING HOUSE DENNIS SEVERS’ HOUSE


This 17th-century building was designed by Inigo Since 1979, visitors have explored the home of
Jones for James I, and has a painted ceiling by artist Dennis Severs. Discover the life of Huguenot
Peter Paul Rubens. Daily 10am-5pm, but call silk weavers. Silent night tour Mon, Wed & Fri
before visiting. Adult £7.20; child free. Whitehall, 5pm-9pm. Daytime tour Mon noon-2pm & Sun
SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. www.hrp.org.uk/ noon-4pm. Tickets £5-£15. 18 Folgate St, E1 6BX.
banqueting-house. Station: Westminster. E8. T: 020-7247 4013. www.dennissevershouse.co.uk.
Station: Liverpool Street. D11.
THE BRITISH LIBRARY
The world’s largest library, with a great
permanent collection as well as a programme
of exhibitions. To 27 Aug: James Cook: The
Voyages. Explore original maps, artworks
and journals from Cook’s historic journeys.
Mon-Thur 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm;
Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Please
check for times. Admission free; charges
for tours, some exhibitions and events.

CHILD’S PLAY
96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB. T: 0330-333 1144.
www.bl.uk. Station: King’s Cross. C7.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
The London residence and principal workplace Over one weekend this month, London Zoo
of the monarchy has 775 rooms. It’s closed to the will become even more special. On Special
public, except in summer. Buckingham Palace, The Children’s Day (19-20 May; p. 26) you’ll
Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. www.royal find free activities that are designed to help
collection.org.uk. Station: Victoria. F6/F7. children with special needs. Meet friendly,
animal-costumed characters, and enjoy
CHANGING THE GUARD workshops where you can plant seeds
Watch the changing of the Queen’s Guard on the or build a mini-beast ‘hotel’. Live shows
Palace’s forecourt (except in very wet weather). throughout the day include immersive,
The Queen’s Guard consists of the St James’s interactive storytelling sessions about
LONDON ZOO © ZSL

Palace and Buckingham Palace detachments. the natural world, and the chance to meet
From 10am; check dates. Free. Buckingham zookeepers and animals. If you think this
Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. sounds like an exclusive event, don’t worry:
www.householddivision.org.uk/changing-the- all visitors to the zoo this weekend are
guard. Station: Victoria/Green Park. F6/F7. welcome to join in the family fun.

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SIGHTSEEING
GO APE ALEXANDRA PALACE

TOP VIEWS OF LONDON A treetop obstacle course at this grand palace


atop a hill, which has beautiful views of London.
Mon-Sun from 9am; closed 14 & 21 May. Check
London Helicopter Tours for prices. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace
These tours offer an unrivalled Way, N22 7AY. T: 0330-057 2329. www.goape.
bird’s-eye view of the city co.uk. Station: Alexandra Palace. Off map.

The View from The Shard GO APE BATTERSEA PARK


Whizz up in the lift to the top of the Make like a monkey at this treetop adventure
tallest building in Western Europe playground. Open from 9am Mon-Sun; closed
1, 8, 15 and 22 May. Check for prices. Battersea
The Monument Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 0330-057 2329. www.goape.
Climb 311 steps to the top. The icon co.uk. Station: Battersea Park. Off map.
was designed by Sir Christopher Wren
HAM HOUSE AND GARDENS
One of Europe’s greatest 17th-century houses.
DINOSAURS IN THE WILD Its gardens are said to be haunted. Historical tours
This immersive attraction takes visitors back of house daily at noon and 12.30pm; architecture
in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Through tour daily at 1pm. General admission daily
simulations, theatre and sets, see a dinosaur noon-4pm; garden admission daily 10am-5pm.
autopsy and a research station. Tue-Sun Adult £11.05; child £5.50. Ham St, Surrey,
10am-4.30pm. Adult £33; child £28.50. Advance TW10 7RS. T: 020-8940 1950. www.nationaltrust.
booking recommended. West Parkside, SE10 0BE. org.uk. Station: Richmond. Off map.
T: 0844-854 1355. www.dinosaursinthewild.com.
Station: North Greenwich. Map inset. HANDEL & HENDRIX IN LONDON
The former homes of Anglo-German composer
DR JOHNSON’S HOUSE George Frideric Handel and American guitarist
Writer Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his first Jimi Hendrix. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; live Baroque
English dictionary here, published in 1755. Please music every Wed and Sat, 11.30am-1.30pm.
check for staged performances, talks and tours. Please check for times and prices. Adult £10;
Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm. Adult £7; child £3.50. child £5. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685.

HELICOPTER © CHRIS JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY; THE SHARD AND THE MONUMENT © ISTOCK
17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. www.handelhendrix.org. Station: Bond Street. D6.
www.drjohnsonshouse.org. Station: Temple. D9.
HMS BELFAST
ELTHAM PALACE & GARDENS Permanently moored, this ship is Europe’s
Experience the decade of decadence only surviving World War II cruiser.
as you are transported back to the Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £17; child
1930s. It’s part showpiece of Art If you read five £8.50. The Queen’s Walk, off Tooley
books each day,
Deco design and part medieval royal it will take over St, SE1 2JH. T: 020-7940 6300.
palace. Sun-Fri 10am-6pm. Adult 80,000 years to www.iwm.org.uk. Station: London
£15; child £9. Court Yard, SE9 5QE. read The British Bridge. E11.
T: 020-8294 2548. www.english- Library’s whole
heritage.org.uk/eltham. Station: collection HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Eltham. Off map. See the stunning art and architecture in
this working parliament building which is
FULHAM PALACE also a royal palace. Tours every Sat, and Wed-Fri
This attractive 15th-century building was the from 25 May to 1 Jun only. Advance: audio tour
summer retreat of the Bishops of London. Now, adult £18.50, child £7.50 (one child free per paying
it’s a museum with a café, art gallery, gardens and adult); guided tour adult £25.50, child £11; family
a programme of themed tours. Museum, historic guided tour adult £18.50, child free. On the day:
rooms and shop Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm; audio tour adult £20.50, child £8.50 (one child
Sun & bank hols noon-5pm. Admission free, free per paying adult); guided tour adult £28, child
charges for special events. Bishop’s Ave, SW6 6EA. £12. Palace of Westminster, Parliament Square,
T: 020-7736 3233. www.fulhampalace.org. SW1A 0AA. T: 020-7219 4114. www.parliament.
Station: Putney Bridge. Off map. uk/visit. Station: Westminster. F8.

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MORE MUSIC | ART | DANCE | FUN
COME AND EXPLORE
R O YA L F E S T I V A L H A L L
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
PURCELL ROOM
H AY W A R D G A L L E R Y © Johnny Ladd
SIGHTSEEING
THE JEWEL TOWER THE LONDON BRIDGE
Built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures,EXPERIENCE & TOMBS
this is one of only two buildings left from the An exciting history lesson on the past of the
medieval Palace of Westminster after an 1834 fire. 1,700-year-old London Bridge site. Special effects
Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £5; child £3. Abingdon St, and actors bring this scary attraction to life.
SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. www.english- Tickets also include the London Tombs, under the
heritage.org.uk. Station: Westminster. F8. bridge, a former plague pit. Please check for times
and prices. 2-4 Tooley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403
KEATS HOUSE 6333. www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com.
This 19th-century home belonged to the poet John Station: London Bridge. E10.
Keats. See his paintings, books and letters, plus
the engagement ring he gave to Fanny Brawne. THE LONDON DUNGEON
Wed-Sun & bank hols 11am-5pm. Adult £6.50; This attraction will whisk you back to the capital’s
child free. Keats Grove, NW3 2RR. T: 020-7332 past. See, hear, feel and smell the ‘bad old days’
3868. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/ as they come to life with costumed characters.
keats-house. Station: Hampstead. Off map. Not for small children or the faint-hearted.
Joint tickets available with SEA LIFE London
KENSINGTON PALACE Aquarium, Coca-Cola London Eye, Shrek’s
This royal residence was Princess Diana’s last Adventure! and Madame Tussauds. Check for
home and is where Prince Harry and Meghan times and prices. County Hall, Westminster
Markle reside. Don’t miss Diana: Her Fashion Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 020-7654 0809.
Story, dedicated to her style. Daily 10am-6pm. www.thedungeons.com. Station: Waterloo. F8.
Adult £23; child £11.50. Kensington Gardens, W8
4PX. T: 0844-482 7777. www.hrp.org.uk. Station: COCA-COLA LONDON EYE
High Street Kensington/Queensway. Off map. This London icon is one of the world’s largest
observation wheels – share your London
KENWOOD Eye memories using #eyelovelondon.
#eyelov Joint
On the edge of Hampstead
stead Heath, Kenwood tickets available with the SESEA LIFE London
house and its landscaped
ped gardens is a hidden Aquarium, London Dungeon,
D Madame
gem. Admire Robert Adams’ interiors Tussauds and Shrek
Shrek’s Adventure! Please
and an art collection made up of works check for times and prices. County
by Rembrandt, Gainsborough
sborough and Hall, Westmins
Westminster Bridge Rd,
Vermeer. Daily 10am-5pm.
m-5pm. Free SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781
08 3000.
admission. Hampstead ad Lane, NW3 www.londoneye.com.
www.londoney
7JR. T: 020-8348 1286.6. www.english- Station: Waterloo.
Wate F8.
heritage.org.uk/kenwood.
wood. Station:
Hampstead. Off map. ZSL LONDON
LOND ZOO
Immerse yourself in the
KIDZANIA LONDON ON animal kingdom at the
KidZania has everything
hing world’s oldest scientific zoo,
a child could want including
ncluding which has more than 750
TV and animation studios,
udios, species (p. 23). Highlights
specie
and an aviation academy.
emy. include a penguin beach,
The early-years area means Asiatic llions in the Land
younger siblings will have fun, too. of the Lion
Lions enclosure and
There are occasional adult nights. endangered Sumatran
Su tigers. Daily
Daily from 10am; call for closing events include SpSpiders Live, Morning
times. Hired for private
ate events 1-2, with the Gibbons and Giraffe High
8-9, 14-16 and 21-22 May. Advance: Tea. Daily 10am-6pm.
10am-6 Adult £27.04;
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adult from £16; child from £20. child £20. Regent


Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY.
On the day: adult from
m £18; child T: 020-7722 3333.
333 www.zsl.org.
from £38. Westfield London
ondon Station: Camde
Camden Town. C6.
Shopping Centre, Arielel Way,
W12 7GA. T: 0330-1311 3333. Go and see The O2 arena’s
www.kidzania.co.uk. Station: superheroes exhibition (p. 28)
superheroe
Shepherd’s Bush. Map p inset.

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SIGHTSEEING
MADAME TUSSAUDS QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
Celebrated home of life-sized wax figures Formerly the site of the London 2012 Olympic
depicting famous people from the worlds of and Paralympic Games, this park includes the
entertainment, politics, sport and history, from ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower (p. 23).
the Queen to Adele. Don’t miss the Star Wars To 7 May: George Irvin’s Character Funfair.
exhibition. Joint tickets available with SEA LIFE Featuring popular TV characters – ride the
London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Shrek’s roller coaster, take a spin on the carousel or
Adventure! and Coca-Cola London Eye. Please jump in a dodgem. Please check for sporting
check for times. Adult £35; child £30. Marylebone events. Park open 24 hours daily. Admission
Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871-894 3000. www.madame free. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST.
tussauds.com. Station: Baker Street. C6. T: 0800-072 2110. www.queenelizabetholympic
park.co.uk. Station: Stratford. Off map.
THE MONUMENT
This stone column standing in ROYAL BOTANIC
the heart of the City was built The Coca-Cola GARDENS, KEW
to commemorate the 1666 Great London Eye can Better known as Kew Gardens,
Fire of London. Climb the 311 steps carry 800 people on this botanical research centre
for a view. Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. each rotation, which and World Heritage Site contains
is comparable to 11
Adult £5; child £2.50. Joint tickets double-decker plants from across the globe, with
with the Tower Bridge Exhibition buses Victorian tropical greenhouses
available. Monument St, EC3R 6BD. and a Chinese pagoda. Following a
T: 020-7626 2717. www.themonument. comprehensive, five-year refurbishment,
org.uk. Station: Monument. E10. the Temperate House reopens on 5 May
(p. 22). Daily from 10am, please check for
THE O2 closing times. Adult £17; child £5; charges for
Huge venue for entertainment and exhibitions. special exhibitions. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
To 9 Sep: Dawn of Super Heroes. Take a look inside Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. T: 020-8332 5655.
the world of DC Comics creations such as Batman, www.kew.org. Station: Kew Gardens. Off map.
Superman, Wonder Woman and Mr Freeze, with
displays of costumes, props, sets and more (p. 26). THE ROYAL INSTITUTION
Closed 2, 9, 16 & 23 May. Exhibition £9-£18. OF GREAT BRITAIN
General entry free. Daily noon-8pm. Peninsula Grade I-listed Georgian building housing
Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. www.theo2. a museum about the institution’s 15 Nobel
co.uk. Station: North Greenwich. Map inset. Prize-winning scientists. Please check for talks.
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Admission free; charges for
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE talks. 21 Albemarle St, W1S 4BS. T: 020-7409 2992.
This Baroque masterpiece is the home of www.rigb.org. Station: Green Park. E6.
British naval training, with costumed characters
and tours. Don’t miss the magnificent ceiling THE ROYAL MEWS
in the Painted Hall. During a temporary Built by John Nash, this part of Buckingham
conservation project, you can see the ceiling Palace houses the Queen’s vehicles and horses,
up close on a 50-minute tour from an elevated including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
observation deck: adult £10; child £5. Check for Mon-Sun 10am-5pm; closed 26 May and 2 & 9
guided tours. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Jun. Adult £11; child £6.40. Buckingham Palace
King William Walk, SE10 9NN. T: 020-8269 Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 0303-123 7302. www.royal
4799. www.ornc.org. Station: Cutty Sark/ collection.org.uk. Station: Victoria. F6.
Greenwich. Map inset.
THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY
18 STAFFORD TERRACE The home of Greenwich Mean Time and London’s
Get an insight into the life of the late Punch only planetarium, which has regular astronomy
cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne. Wed, talks and tours. Learn about time in the Peter
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Sat-Sun pre-booked tours 11am, or drop-in 2pm- Harrison Galleries and watch planetarium shows
5.30pm; late tour from 7pm on third Wed of every throughout the day. Meridian Line and Observatory
month. Adult from £7; child from £5. 18 Stafford daily 10am-5pm. Adult £10; child £6.50.
Terrace, W8 7BH. T: 020-7602 3316. www.rbkc. Blackheath Ave, SE10 8XJ. T: 020-8858 4422.
gov.uk. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map. www.rmg.co.uk. Station: Greenwich. Map inset.

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One of Europe’s largest aquariums with 500 This central London marina dates back to the
species of global marine life and a glass walkway 11th century and is tucked away by the Tower
above sharks. Please check for times and prices. of London. The vibrant waterside destination is
Joint tickets available with Coca-Cola London lined with regular markets, shops, galleries and
Eye, London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure! and restaurants. 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA.
Madame Tussauds. County Hall, Westminster T: 020-7264 5287. www.skdocks.co.uk.
Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0333-321 2001. www.sealife. Station: Tower Hill. E11.
co.uk/london. Station: Westminster/Waterloo. F8.
ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS
SHREK’S ADVENTURE! Landmark Palladian church with tours, a brass-
Ride the 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into rubbing centre, live classical music (some free),
live actor fairytale-themed shows with characters an alfresco café in its courtyard and a café in the
from the films. Joint tickets with the Coca-Cola crypt. Holy Communion given daily and classical
London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds music performed weekly by candlelight. Mon-Fri
and SEA LIFE London Aquarium available. Please 8.30am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; closed 9.45am-
check for times. Adult £27.50; child £22. Riverside 11.15am on 17 May. Admission free; brass rubbing
Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, from £4.50. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-
SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. www.shreks 7766 1100. www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org.
adventure.com. Station: Westminster/Waterloo. F8. Station: Charing Cross. E8.

ST JAMES’S PALACE ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL


One of London’s oldest palaces, constructed in Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old cathedral
the 14th century and home to royalty for three has stunning mosaics. Climb up the dome to the
centuries. Palace and house closed to the public. Whispering Gallery and a further 271 steps to the
Marlborough Rd, SW1A 1BS. www.royal.gov.uk. Golden Gallery for a classic London panorama.
Station: St James’s Park. E7. The price of admission also includes a multimedia
guide and tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-4.30pm.
Adult £18; child £8. St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M
8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. www.stpauls.co.uk.
Station: St Paul’s. D9/10.

TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION


This breathtaking bridge, designed in 1884, is
one of London’s most famous landmarks (not to
be confused with its less grand but much older
neighbour, London Bridge). You can also tour
the engine rooms with a knowledgable guide and
do yoga on the glass walkways, 42m above the
River Thames. Joint tickets with The Monument
available. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £9.80;
child £4.20. Please check for bridge lift times.
Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761.
www.towerbridge.org.uk. Station: Tower Hill. E11.

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This historic landmark includes the Bloody
Whoever said the best things in life are free Tower, Traitors’ Gate and the Jewel House,
YONDA COURTESY OF YONDA

could have been talking about Yonda’s home of the Crown Jewels. Enjoy free guided
promotional tours – 1,000 are being given away tours by ‘Beefeaters’ (Yeoman Warders). Book
this month (p. 46). Go on to the company’s ahead online to attend the nightly Ceremony of
website, and use the discount code ‘London’. the Keys, which dates back to 1340 (tickets are
Choose from a two-seater convertible or free). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-
a four-seater with a panoramic roof, then 5.30pm. Adult £26.80; child £12.70. Tower Hill,
either drive yourself or choose a driver and EC3N 4AB. T: 0844-482 7799. www.hrp.org.uk/
guide while enjoying fun commentary. tower-of-london. Station: Tower Hill. E11.

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Don’t be a tourist
Be an explorer
Take a leap through time and space
on the world-famous Meridian Line
at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Royal Observatory | Cutty Sark | National Maritime Museum | The Queen’s House

Only 20 minutes from central London


Cutty Sark (Zone 2) Greenwich (Zone 2) Greenwich Pier
SIGHTSEEING
UP AT THE O2 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON
Prepare for an unforgettable 90-minute Explore behind the scenes of the legendary
experience which will take you on an uplifting Harry Potter films in The Making of Harry
expedition across the roof of The O2. From Potter tour. Visitors can witness iconic sets
the viewing platform at the top you can enjoy including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut and
spectacular 360-degree views of the River Diagon Alley. It gives a fascinating insight
Thames, Emirates Air Line, Canary Wharf and into filmmaking. To 23 Sep: The Goblet of Fire.
beyond. Please check for times and wheelchair See the goblet as it returns to the Great Hall for
access. From £30. The O2, Peninsula Square, the first time since Harry Potter filming ended,
SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2680. www.theo2.co.uk. alongside costumes and props from the fourth
Station: North Greenwich. Map inset. film. Please check for times. Adult £41; child
£33. Booking essential. Studio Tour Drive,
THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845-
Ascend the tallest building in Western Europe 084 0900. www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Station:
in a high-speed lift. At 309m up, on a clear day Euston to Watford Junction, then shuttle bus.
you can see as far as Windsor – and if you can’t Off map.
see four major landmarks you can visit again
for free. Alternatively, make a night of it at WELLINGTON ARCH
one of the regular silent discos, coming up Climb up to the viewing galleries of this
on 12 & 19 May, from 10pm (£37.50). Mon- magnificent arch for panoramic views over
Sun 10am-10pm; open from noon on 15 May. the Royal Parks and Houses of Parliament,
Advance adult £22.95, child £16.95; on the plus exhibitions. Joint tickets available with
day adult £30.95, child £24.95. 32 London Apsley House. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £5; child
Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844-499 7111. £3. Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7JZ.
www.theviewfromtheshard.com. Station: T: 020-7930 2726. www.english-heritage.org.uk.
London Bridge. E10. Station: Hyde Park Corner. F6.

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WESTMINSTER ABBEY RIVER TRIPS
Consecrated in 1065, this abbey is the crowning CIRCULAR CRUISE WESTMINSTER
and burial site of most English monarchs. Circular Cruise Westminster operates
It also houses Poets’ Corner, the burial place a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing service from
of Charles Dickens and other famous writers. Westminster Pier. Boats depart every 40
This is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge minutes for Embankment, Festival, Bankside
got married. Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm; Sat and St Katharine’s Piers (for Tower of London),
9am-4pm. Wed late opening 4.30pm-7pm, returning non-stop to Westminster. To 12 May,
with half-price entry. Adult £22; child £9. daily 11am-5pm; from 13 May, daily 11am-6.30pm.
20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. Adult single £10, return £14; child single
www.westminster-abbey.org. Station: £5, return £7. Westminster Pier, Victoria
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WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE Westminster. F8.
This 104-acre wildlife reserve has a Water’s
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which are home to more than 100 species of rare Daily guided sightseeing tours on the River
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birds being fed every day, while there are also Tower and Greenwich piers. River Red Rover is
daily ‘Spotlight’ talks on various subjects. an all-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing service.
To 26 May: Early Bird Openings. The hides The London Showboat cabaret cruise departs
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watching. Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Adult £12.72; course meal with live music, daily from 7.30pm.
child £7.72. Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, SW13 9WT. Other cruises also available. Please check the
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river cruise. Mon-Fri 11.45am-4.45pm; Sat-Sun 2JH. T: 020-7930 4097. www.thamesriver
10.45am-7.45pm. Adult £13.15; child £6.50. services.london. Station: Westminster. F8.
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hours. A one-day orientation tour includes three Departure points vary. T: 020-8590 3621.
walking tours. Adult £35; child £18. Departure www.capitaltaxitours.co.uk.
points vary. T: 020-7808 6753. www.bigbus
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EVAN EVANS GOLDEN TOURS – BIKE TOURS
The oldest and largest sightseeing company in Embark on a tour of the capital using either a
London has been accompanying visitors on city standard or electric bike. Tour options include
tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930. Royal Parks and Palaces, and Hampton Court.
Visit everywhere from London, Warwick Castle, Please check for prices. Departure points vary.
Stratford-upon-Avon and Stonehenge. Please T: 020-7630 2039. www.goldentours.com.
check for times and prices. Departure points vary.
T: 020-7950 1777. www.evanevanstours.com. JACK THE RIPPER TOUR
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GOLDEN TOURS Walking Tours devised these popular, two-hour
From day excursions to city breaks, these experts walks in 1982, offering an intriguing look at the
offer quality tour experiences from London to infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Daily
popular locations such as Bath, Stonehenge and 7pm from outside Exit 4 of Aldgate East Station.
Leeds Castle. The company offers an unrivalled £10. Aldgate East Tube station. T: 020-8530
range of tours. Please check for times and prices. 8443. www.jack-the-ripper-tour.com. Station:
Departure points vary. T: 020-7630 2039. Aldgate East. Off map.
www.goldentours.com.
LONDON CHOCOLATE TOURS
GOLDEN TOURS – OPEN-TOP BUS TOURS Sample truffles and ganaches on this tour
See sights on an open-top bus. The Essential Tour led by a former cocoa trader. Booking essential.
includes a live, English-speaking guide, or there Sun 12.30pm; tours last two hours 30 minutes.
are multilingual audio commentary tours, during £15 for London Planner readers (usually £39).
which you can hop-on and hop-off the bus. Departs from Green Park station, exit closest
One-day, 24, 48 and 72-hour tickets. Check for to The Ritz hotel. Green Park tube station.
prices. Departure points vary. T: 020-7630 2039. T: 020-8526 7755. www.tourguides.org.uk.
www.goldentours.com. Station: Green Park. E6.

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THE LONDON HELICOPTER TOUR LONDON MAGICAL TOURS
Discover the capital from the unique perspective Award-winning provider of private and scheduled
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the River Thames, taking in landmarks including guide and chauffeur. Multilingual guides are
the Tower of London, St Paul’s and The Shard. available in all languages. Departure points vary.
Choose from the 12-minute Buzz, 18-minute T: 0870-489 0156. www.londonmagicaltours.com.
Sights or 30-minute Max tour. Prices start from
£150 per seat for a shared tour. The POD Building, LONDON TAILORED TOURS
Bridges Court, SW11 2RE. T: 020-7887 2626. Private tours for small groups, run by Londoners.
www.thelondonhelicopter.com. Station: Themed tours include Borough Market,
Clapham Junction. Off map. Harry Potter, Royal London and Royal
London. Please check for times and
LONDON LITERARY Jack the Ripper is prices. T: 020-3289 0542.
PUB CRAWL thought to have been www.londontailoredtours.com.
See where the London literary a doctor or butcher,
as the killings reveal
world ate, drank and worked. This a knowledge LONDON WALKS
tour is artist-led and arranged by of human London’s oldest walking tour
the charity The Maverick Theatre anatomy company offers more than 300 walks.
Company. Starting in Fitzrovia and Each takes around two hours, departure
ending in Soho, it includes pubs associated points vary and there’s no need to book.
with the British film industry. Thur & Sat only, As well as Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter and
please check for times. Tickets £24, booking ghost walks, London Walks offers routes around
strongly advised. 12 Fouberts Place, off Carnaby Kensington and Hampstead. Adult £10; child free
St, W1F 7PA. T: 020-8090 5082. www.london when accompanied by an adult. Departure points
literarypubcrawl.com. Station: Oxford Circus. D7. vary. T: 020-7624 3978. www.walks.com.

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NEVERLAND CHILDREN’S TOURS THE ORIGINAL TOUR
Neverland Children’s Tours offers fully supervised With more than 65 years’ experience, these live
activities and adventures for children aged eight and multilingual open-top guided bus tours take
and over, with the aim of making sightseeing you to the city’s attractions, allowing you to
interactive and fun. Each guided activity is hop-on and hop-off. Its original 24-hour tour
balanced by opportunities to play and meet new includes free walking tours and a Thames River
friends. International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, cruise pass. 24-hour adult £32, child £15; 48-hour
EC1A 2BN. T: 020-3239 5059. www.neverland adult £42, child £20. 17-19 Cockspur St, Trafalgar
childrenstours.co.uk. Station: Chancery Lane. D9. Square, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. www.the
originaltour.com. Station: Charing Cross. E7.
ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING WALK
Walks depart from the Original London Visitor ROYAL ALBERT HALL TOURS
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Choose from Changing the Guard at 10am, Rock concert hall. Tours daily 10am-4pm, except 2, 7 &
‘n’ Roll at 1pm, or Jack the Ripper at 4pm (from 8 May. Adult £14; child £7. Kensington Gore, SW7
The Original Tour bus stop at Tower Hill). £9 per 2AP. T: 020-7959 0558. www.royalalberthall.com.
walk, or free with an Original London Sightseeing Station: South Kensington. F4.
Tour ticket. An Explore Walks Pass, which
grants access to all three walks over 48-hours, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
costs £18. Alternatively, Original Tours has One of the world’s leading opera venues. Tours
launched a series of additional walking tours behind the scenes cover the venue’s history, while
available Fri-Sun: Picture London at 11.30am; you could even see rehearsals. Most days 10.30am,
Royal London at 2.30pm and Haunted London at 12.30pm & 2.30pm, but please check. Adult £12;
6pm. £5 each, or £10 for all walks. 17-19 Cockspur child £8.50. Tours last one hour and 15 minutes.
St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. www.the Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. www.roh.
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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE carriage. Tours are in either a four or six-seater
This reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original carriage with an adjustable hood depending on
Elizabethan Globe theatre has one of the city’s the weather. £475 per carriage. T: 020-8572 3155.
only thatched roofs, while the Sam Wanamaker www.westwayscarriagehorses.co.uk.
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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM See three centuries of treasures in magnificent
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Britain’s first public museum dates back to birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace
1683, when the politician Elias Ashmole left his is set in 2,100 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown
collection of antiquities and natural curiosities parkland and formal gardens. Palace and
to the University of Oxford. See archaeological gardens open daily; please check for times;
artefacts, pre-Raphaelite paintings, Egyptian closed 22-24 May. Adult £26; child £14.50.
mummies and Oliver Cromwell’s death Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP.
mask. To 22 Jul: America’s Cool T: 01993-810530. www.blenheim
Modernism. See early 20th-century palace.com. Station: Paddington
American art, with works by The Royal to Oxford, then bus S3. Off map.
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paintings that have never been seen Queen is The family home of wartime Prime
in the UK before, which reveal present Minister Sir Winston Churchill was
the fascinating aspects of American bought by the National Trust and
interwar art. To 9 Sep: The Tale of Prince maintained on behalf of the nation, while
Vessantara. Exploring one of the stories of the Churchill and his wife Clementine were still
Buddha, a popular tale depicted in an array of living in it. The house is still decorated as it was
Burmese and Sri Lankan artworks. Tue-Sun & in the 1930s and you’ll find a kitchen garden and
bank hols 10am-5pm; last Fri of each month woodland to explore. Mon-Fri 11.30am-5pm;
10am-8pm. Free admission, charges for special Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £14.40; child £7.20.
exhibitions. Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH. Mapleton Rd, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS.
T: 01865-278 000. www.ashmolean.org. T: 01732-868381. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
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HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Once the favourite royal residence of King Henry
VIII, this Tudor palace and 300-year-old maze is
set in 60 acres of parkland on the river. Visit the
Tudor kitchens, which would have prepared feasts
for the king and all his courtiers, and see the grand
Henry’s grand State Apartments including the
Great Hall. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £22.70; child
£11.35. Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey,
KT8 9AU. T: 0844-482 7777. www.hrp.org.uk/
hampton-court-palace. Station: Waterloo to
Hampton Court. Off map.

HEVER CASTLE AND GARDENS


Dating back to the 13th century, this beautiful
castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn,
the second wife of King Henry VIII. Daily
10.30am-6pm; castle from noon. Adult £17.25;
child £9.75. Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.
T: 01732-865224. www.hevercastle.co.uk.
Station: Victoria to Hever, then walk/taxi. Off map.

LEEDS CASTLE
Fairytale 900-year-old castle with a moat,
gardens and parkland. Lose yourself in the
spiralling yew maze, and see 100 species of
birds in the aviary. Grounds and garden daily
10am-6pm; castle 10.30am-5.30pm. Adult
£25.50; child £17. Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL.
Come www.leeds-castle.com. Station: Victoria to
Bearsted. Off map.

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£13; child £7. Combined package with The
With over Original Tour London (24 hours London,
24 hours Windsor) adult £45; child £22.
50,000 Toys 17-19 Cockspur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877

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Explore this beautiful country home decorated
188-196 Regent Street, as it would have been in the 1780s, then stroll
London W1B 5BT its formal gardens or stop for a snack in the
stable tearoom. Regular after-dark tours, park
runs, yoga and gardening clubs. Garden daily
www.hamleys.com/explore 10am-5pm; house daily 11am-5pm. Adult £11.40;
#HAMLEYS child £5.70. Jersey Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex,
TW7 4RB. T: 020-8232 5050. www.nationaltrust.
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The Queen’s official residence in Scotland www.wattsgallery.org.uk. Station: Waterloo to
stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Guildford, then bus or taxi. Off map.
against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s
Seat. Tour highlights include the State WINDSOR CASTLE
Apartments and Mary, Queen of Scots’ chamber. The Queen’s weekend home, which hosts the
Daily 9.30am-6pm; closed 15-26 May. Adult £14; wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this
child £8.10. Canongate, The Royal Mile, month. Visit the spectacular State Apartments
Edinburgh, EH8 8DX. T: 0303-123 7306. with great works of art from the Royal Collection,
www.royalcollection.org.uk. Station: Edinburgh and the detailed Queen Mary’s Doll’s House,
Waverley. Off map. built on a scale of 1:12. In the grounds, don’t miss
St George’s Chapel. Daily 9.30am-5.15pm;
STONEHENGE closed 18-19 May. Adult £21.20; child £12.30.
The world’s most famous stone circle and a World Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ. T: 0303-123 7304.
Heritage Site, Stonehenge is over 5,000 years old. www.royalcollection.org.uk. Station: Waterloo
With obscure Neolithic origins, it is perfectly to Windsor & Eton Riverside. Off map.
aligned with the rising sun at the solstice. Daily
9.30am-7pm. Adult £19.50; child £11.70. WOBURN ABBEY AND GARDENS
Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE. T: 0870-333 1181. Set in a 3,000 acre deer park, this has been home
www.english-heritage.org.uk. Station: Waterloo to the earls and dukes of Bedford for nearly 400
to Salisbury, then bus or taxi. Off map. years. Gardens, deer park, tea room and shop daily
10am-4pm; abbey daily 11am-5pm. Gardens and
WATTS GALLERY ARTISTS’ VILLAGE deer park adult £8; child £5.25. Abbey, gardens
An arts and crafts gem with Victorian paintings and deer park adult £17.50; child £8.50. Woburn,
and sculptures. Visit The Tea Shop. Tue-Sun & Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA. www.woburnabbey.
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THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM COURTESY OF THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM. THERE MAY BE CHARGES FOR SOME SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

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FREE London museums


T
here’s no need to spend a lot of money THE DESIGN MUSEUM Kensington
to fill your time in London. Many of the The museum offers an introduction to the
city’s best and biggest attractions are history of contemporary design with the free
completely free to enter – take a look at our display Designer Maker User, and opportunities
selection of London’s top free museums. to explore the present and future of design
through pop-ups and temporary exhibitions.
SOUTH KENSINGTON’S MUSEUMS www.designmuseum.org
During Queen Victoria’s reign, her husband Prince
Albert built world-class museums right next to MUSEUM OF LONDON The City
each other in South Kensington. See prehistoric This is the world’s largest urban history
fossils, dinosaurs and taxidermy at the Natural museum, which has thousands of exhibits in
History Museum, or head to the child-friendly nine galleries, including Roman and Medieval
Science Museum with its rockets and steam displays. Its sister museum in east London,
engines. The Victoria and Albert Museum the Museum of London Docklands, offers
is a leading museum of art and design, covering an insight into this historic area of the capital.
architecture, furniture, fashion and photography. www.museumoflondon.org.uk
www.nhm.ac.uk; www.sciencemuseum.org.uk;
www.vam.ac.uk THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM Forest Hill
This is the former home of Victorian Londoner
THE BRITISH MUSEUM Bloomsbury Frederick John Horniman, who was a tea trader
This iconic building houses treasures including and philanthropist. Explore his huge collection
the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. of objects, specimens and artefacts from all over
Travel through time and around the world with the world. There’s an aquarium, butterfly house
a free paper guide in hand so you don’t miss the and a music gallery, as well as a 16-acre garden.
highlights. www.britishmuseum.org www.horniman.ac.uk

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THE MUSEUM

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A
HANDS-ON re you a night owl? Then
you’ll flap your wings with
museum has talks, tours and
workshops about the 1960s,
London Craft Week (9-13 May) joy to hear that Museums while a DJ spins a Sixties
returns to sprinkle creative energy at Night is returning soundtrack as you sip a cocktail
across locations in the capital. (16-19 May). This UK-wide or two. Book tickets for £15.
Working with artists such as festival puts a spin on cultural The festival shares its
Grayson Perry, the team has also adventures by encouraging weekend with Harry and
partnered with brands including hotspots to open after dark. Meghan’s big day, so combine
Mulberry and Rolls-Royce. This
So if your dream night is a the two with a visit to the
ambitious event gives visitors
the chance to make art, too.
Highball with a Hockney, then Household Cavalry Museum.
www.londoncraftweek.com you’ve come to the right city. The museum, which tells the
As well as initiating late-night story of the Queen’s Mounted
opening hours at London sites, Bodyguard, is staying open
Museums at Night organises from 6pm to 8pm on 17 May
more than 700 events. for a spot of royal romance: its
The Bank of England guided tour Royal Lives, Royal
Museum (18 May) reveals Wives reveals more about the
hidden treasures from its marriages (and affairs) which
collection, while a team defined the monarchy.
of experts will discuss the From Chichester to Lincoln,

ART FOR ALL


technology of money. This free more than 500 museums,
event runs from 5.30pm-9pm galleries and libraries are taking
Affordable Art Fair (10-13 May) and there’s no need to book. part, so even if you’re not in
has come a long way: the first event On the same evening, the town, you can still get involved.
was held in Battersea in 1999, and London Transport Museum And if you’re not here in time,
it has since spread to 10 cities. Visit in Covent Garden is pulling a don’t despair, as Museums at
the fair in Hampstead Heath for late shift in aid of the Swinging Night is back in October.
works priced from £100 to £6,000. Sixties. A celebration of this – Neil Simpson
www.affordableartfair.com high-spirited decade, the www.museumsatnight.org.uk

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INFO
To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Reductions may be available online. Many venues offer
general admission, but charge entry to temporary exhibitions. Map: refers to the grid coordinates
on our Central London Map

MUSEUMS FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM


BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Learn about the pioneering work of the British
Explore the story of the bank from its foundation nurse and health reformer Florence Nightingale,
in 1694, to its status today as the UK’s central and Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole. Check
bank. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hols. for free tours. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50; child
Admission free. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. £3.80. 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-
T: 020-7601 5545. www.bankofengland.co.uk/ 7188 4400. www.florence-nightingale.co.uk.
museum. Station: Bank. D10. Station: Waterloo/Westminster. F8.

THE BRITISH MUSEUM THE GARDEN MUSEUM


Unrivalled collection of antiquities. To 29 Jul: Admire a replica 17th-century knot garden
Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece. Works by the and exhibitions related to garden design.
TACITA DEAN’S MAJESTY, 2006 © TATE, LONDON, 2017 COURTESY OF THE ARTIST, FRITH STREET GALLERY, LONDON AND MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK/PARIS

French sculptor and the Ancient Greek pieces There’s also a shop and a critically acclaimed
that inspired him (p. 62). Sat-Thur 10am-5.30pm; café. To 22 Jul: Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman.
Fri 10am-8.30pm. Admission free; charges for some Displaying the botanist’s paintings of flowers.
exhibitions. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020- Sun-Fri 10.30am-5pm; Sat 10.30am-4pm. Closed
7323 8299. www.britishmuseum.org. Station: first Mon of the month. Adult £10; child £2.50.
Tottenham Court Road/Russell Square. D7/8. Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7LB. T: 020-7401 8865.
www.gardenmuseum.org.uk. Station: Lambeth
CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS North/Westminster. F5.
Explore the fortified secret bunker and the Cabinet
War Rooms beneath Westminster, where prime
minister Sir Winston Churchill worked during
World War II to plot the Allied victory. Daily
9.30am-6pm. Adult £21; child £10.50. Clive Steps,
King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 020-7930 6961.
www.iwm.org.uk. Station: Westminster. F7.

THE DESIGN MUSEUM


Contemporary design and architecture.
From 10 May: Azzedine Alaïa: The
Couturier. The first UK solo exhibition of his
work. Daily 10am-6pm; first Fri every month
10am-8pm. Admission free; charges for special
exhibitions. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG.
T: 020-3862 5900. www.designmuseum.org.
Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.

THE FAN MUSEUM


Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the
fan, with examples from the 12th century to the
A LANDMARK MOMENT
This month we’re saying happy birthday
present day. Afternoon tea is served in the muraled to the Royal Academy of Arts, which has
orangery. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. reached the grand old age of 250. To celebrate,
Adult £4; child £3. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. the arts centre and gallery has embarked on
T: 020-8305 1441. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk. a bold redevelopment, providing space for
Station: Cutty Sark. Off map. more free art displays. Previously comprising
two separate buildings – Burlington House
FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM and Burlington Gardens – they are both now
Highlighting contemporary fashion, textiles joined by a ‘cultural campus’. The results will
and jewellery from 1947 to the present day. be revealed during Tacita Dean: Landscape
From 25 May: Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern. (from 19 May; p. 62; above) – the first show
Celebrating the renowned Irish fashion designer inside the RA’s new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler
(p. 56). Check for times. Adult £9.90; child free. Galleries. Her show celebrates landscapes she
83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 020-7407 8664. has witnessed across the globe, with pieces
www.ftmlondon.org. Station: London Bridge. F11. designed for this particular gallery space.

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THE GUARDS MUSEUM aquarium and special exhibitions. 100 London Rd,
Learn about the history, stories and regimental SE23 3PQ. T: 020-8699 1872. www.horniman.
heritage of the Foot Guards. Daily 10am-4pm; ac.uk. Station: Forest Hill. Off map.
8-11 May 10am-1pm; closed 26 May. Adult £8;
child free. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM
SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. www.theguards Go behind the scenes to see the ceremonial duties
museum.com. Station: St James’s Park. D5. and roles of the Household Cavalry Regiments.
Changing the Queen’s Life Guard Mon-Sat 11am;
HORNIMAN MUSEUM & GARDENS Sun 10am. Museum daily 10am-6pm. Adult £8;
See the collection of the adventurous Victorian child £6. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX.
tea trader Frederick John Horniman, including T: 020-7930 3070. www.householdcavalrymuseum.
an aquarium and musical instruments, plus co.uk. Station: Westminster/Embankment. E7/8.
gardens and a farmers’ market every Saturday.
Daily 10am-5.30pm. Admission free; charges for IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Huge displays relating to global conflicts.
To 28 May: Age of Terror: Art
Since 9/11. Artists’ responses to war and conflict
since 11 September 2001, including work by
Ai Weiwei. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free;
charges for some special exhibitions. Lambeth
Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. www.iwm.org.uk.
Station: Lambeth North/Waterloo. E5.

JACK THE RIPPER MUSEUM


More than just an exploration of the serial killer’s
crimes, within this Victorian house you’ll also
discover the history of east London during the
1880s. Not for the faint-hearted. Daily 9.30am-
6.30pm. Adult £12; child £8. 12 Cable St, E1 8JG.
T: 020-7488 9811. www.jacktherippermuseum.com.
Station: Aldgate East/Tower Hill. Off map.

JEWISH MUSEUM
Documenting Jewish history and culture in the
UK from 1066 to today. Daily 10am-5pm; Fri
10am-2pm. Adult £7.72; child £3.50. Raymond
Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB.

DESIGNS FOR LIFE


T: 020-7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk.
Station: Camden Town. Off map.

Few designers create a print that is so LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM


recognisable, it becomes known across the The restored former home of Frederic, Lord
world. Orla Kiely, famous for her trademark Leighton is a museum of his life and work. Wed-
‘Stem’ pattern, does just that and is being Mon 10am-5.30pm, tour at 3pm every Wed and
celebrated in Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern Sun (included in ticket price). Adult £9; child £7.
at the Fashion and Textile Museum (from Leighton Late event on 11 May. 12 Holland Park
25 May; p. 55). The pattern has been adorned Rd, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 3316. www.rbkc.gov.uk.
on everything from mugs and notebooks to Station: Kensington Olympia. Off map.
buses and buildings. Kiely’s first sketches
STEM DESIGN © ORLA KIELY

of the Stem design are here, alongside early LONDON FILM MUSEUM
examples of her bags and items from the Kiely Bond in Motion is the largest official exhibition
archive. The Bermondsey-based museum has of James Bond vehicles that feature in the film
wider aims: with Kiely’s work as its example, series. Sun-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Adult
it is investigating the emotional power of £14.50; child £9.50. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN.
patterns, and why certain designs have such T: 020-7836 4913. www.londonfilmmuseum.com.
appeal. Find out if Kiely has the answers. Station: Covent Garden. E8.

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THE NEXT FRONTIER
Surely the most ambitious new exhibition
in London this month is at the Victoria and
Albert Museum, where The Future Starts
Here (from 12 May; p. 60) is set to lift the lid
on groundbreaking technology. Check out
Facebook’s ‘Aquila’ aircraft, which is part
of the social media giant’s solar-powered,
high-altitude station – yes, Team Zuckerberg
is heading into the clouds to deliver cheap
communications to some of the world’s most
isolated areas. Hate the gym? Superflex’s
‘super suits’ use robotics and biomechanics
to provide extra ‘muscles’ to help the infirm
stand and walk more easily, closing the
gap between humans and technology.

LONDON MITHRAEUM NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM


This new cultural hub showcases an ancient Collections at this family-friendly museum, with
Roman temple which was built here nearly exhibits ranging from dinosaur skeletons to fossils.
2,000 years ago, to honour the god Mithras. To 28 May: Wildlife Photographer
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun & bank hols noon-5pm; of the Year. The best images. Daily 10am-5.50pm.
first Thur of the month 10am-8pm. Admission Admission free; charges for special exhibitions.
free. 12 Walbrook, EC4N 8AA. T: 020-7330 7500. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000.
www.londonmithraeum.com. Station: Bank. D10. www.nhm.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM QUEEN’S HOUSE


The story of London’s transport system with This 17th-century house, an architectural
highlights including iconic red buses, the world’s masterpiece by Inigo Jones, boasts 22 rooms
first Underground steam train and a padded cell displaying a great fine art collection. Daily 10am-
– a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. Daily 5pm. Admission free. Queen’s House, Romney
10am-6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. Covent Garden Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk/
Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. www.lt queens-house. Station: Cutty Sark. Map inset.
museum.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF LONDON National aviation museum focusing on the Royal
The world’s largest urban history museum has Air Force. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free,
thousands of exhibits in nine galleries, including charges for special experiences. Grahame Park
Roman and Medieval London. Check for family Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. www.raf
events. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges museum.org.uk. Station: Colindale. Off map.
for special exhibitions and tours. 150 London Wall,
EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. www.museum SCIENCE MUSEUM
oflondon.org.uk. Station: Barbican. D10. A huge museum dedicated to science,
AEROCENE © TOMÁS SARACENO

technology and medical achievements, including


NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM a Red Arrows 3D simulator and an IMAX theatre.
The world’s largest maritime museum includes To 30 Jun: Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and
an interactive world map revealing stories from Care. The human impact of World War I. Daily
maritime history. To 30 Sep: Great British Seaside. 10am-6pm; adult-only Lates programme last
Photos of Britain’s beach culture. Daily 10am-5pm. Wed of every month, 6.45pm-10pm. Admission
Admission free; charges for exhibitions. Romney free; charges for special exhibitions. Exhibition
Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk. Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0333-241 4000. www.science
Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark. Off map. museum.org.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.

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SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
This 19th-century townhouse and library was See an outstanding collection of fine and applied
owned by the architect Sir John Soane, which he arts including fashion, paintings, photographs
left to the nation in 1837 and has been untouched and ceramics. To 17 Jun: Ocean Liners: Speed
since. Wed-Sun & bank hols, 10am-5pm. Check and Style. The golden age of the cruise liner.
for tours and late-night opening events. Admission From 12 May: The Future Starts Here.
free. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020- Discover the innovations that could change the
7405 2107. www.soane.org. Station: Holborn. D8. world (p. 57). Daily 10am-5.45pm; Fri 10am-10pm.
Admission free; charges for special exhibitions.
SOMERSET HOUSE Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000.
This neo-classical building beside the Thames www.vam.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4/5.
houses the Courtauld Gallery, Embankment
Galleries, cafés and restaurants. Check for times. THE WALLACE COLLECTION
Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. The former Wallace family home displays their
Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. Rococo art, sculpture, furniture and armour. Daily
www.somersethouse.org.uk. Station: Temple. E8. 10am-5pm. Admission free. Hertford House,
Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500.
TWININGS MUSEUM www.wallacecollection.org. Station: Bond Street. D6.
The flagship store of Twinings the tea makers has
a mini exhibition. Check for times. Admission WELLCOME COLLECTION
free. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. See artefacts relating to health and the body.
www.twinings.co.uk. Station: Temple. D9. From 17 May: Teeth. The evolution of
our relationship with our teeth. Check for times.
Admission free. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE.
T: 020-7611 2222. www.wellcomecollection.org.
Station: Euston. C7.

GALLERIES
BARBICAN ART GALLERY

DENTURES FOR THE WEALTHY BY THOMAS ROWLANDSON, 1787, COURTESY OF WELLCOME COLLECTION
Multi-arts venue with two exhibition spaces.
Check for times and prices. Barbican Centre, Silk

COLOURED ETCHING OF HEALTHY TEETH BEING EXTRACTED FROM POOR CHILDREN TO CREATE
St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. www.barbican.
org.uk. Station: Barbican. D10.

THE COURTAULD GALLERY


Important European art collection housed in
Somerset House. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £7;
child free. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN.

ABITE-SIZEDEXHIBITION
T: 020-7848 2526. www.courtauld.ac.uk. Station:
Embankment. E8.

Euston’s health and medicine museum, GUILDHALL ART GALLERY


the Wellcome Collection, launches its Paintings collected by the City of London since the
summer installation, TEETH (from 17 May). 17th century. Check for times. Admission free;
In what is thought to be the first exhibition charges for special exhibitions. Guildhall Yard, off
dedicated to the dental profession, visitors Gresham St, EC2V 5AE. T: 020-7332 3700. www.city
are invited to contemplate everything from oflondon.gov.uk. Station: St Paul’s/Bank. D10.
the evolution of dental care and education,
to vampires, the legend of the tooth fairy and HAYWARD GALLERY
dentures made from hippopotamus ivory. Just reopened after a refurbishment, the gallery
The exhibition pauses at various moments in is home of visual arts at the Southbank Centre.
oral hygiene history, to showcase curiosities From 30 May: Lee Bul. Performance,
including Napoleon’s toothbrush and a dental drawings, paintings and installations. Check for
treatment set used by Queen Victoria’s times and prices. 337-338 Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX.
dentist. This fascinating display will surely T: 020-3879 9555. www.southbankcentre.co.uk/
put a smile on your face. venues/hayward-gallery. Station: Waterloo. E8.

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Open up to
Wimbledon
Want to feel the weight of the
Championships trophies? Interested
in watching an interactive ghost of
John McEnroe? Keen to cast your
eyes over Roger Federer’s
title-winning whites?

Then step inside the multi-dimensional


journey that is Wimbledon Lawn
Tennis Museum. With complimentary
audio guides in 10 languages, learn New Virtual Reality experience
about the history of the sport, see
the Championship trophies, and the
amazing new Virtual Reality experience. Open Daily: 10:00am until 5:00pm
You may also take the behind the Nearest Underground: Southfields
scenes tour of the grounds and explore The Museum Building, The All England
the home of tennis, including Centre Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Road,
Court, for a truly inspirational visit. Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE

Supported by
T: 020 8946 6131
wimbledon.com/museum
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THE NATIONAL GALLERY SAATCHI GALLERY
One of the world’s greatest galleries, with Contemporary art in a huge renovated Georgian
regular guided tours, talks and workshops. building. To 24 Jun: Known Unknowns. A range
To 28 May: Tacita Dean: Still of artists working in various mediums explore
Life. The artist reflects on the importance of the darker corners of modern existence. Daily
still life to the history of art. To 29 Jul: Monet & 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special
Architecture. Exhibition of Monet’s work (p. 14). exhibitions. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3
Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm. Admission 4RY. T: 020-7811 3070. www.saatchi-gallery.
free; charges for some exhibitions. Trafalgar Square, co.uk. Station: Sloane Square. G5.
WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7747 2885. www.national
gallery.org.uk. Station: Charing Cross. E7. SERPENTINE GALLERY
See modern and contemporary exhibitions.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY To 28 May: Ian Cheng. The
See works depicting famous British people New York-based artist explores the ability of
in paintings, drawings and photographs. humans to relate to change. Tue-Sun & bank hols
To 20 May: Victorian Giants: 10am-6pm. Admission free. Kensington Gardens,
The Birth of Art Photography. Discover the W2 3XA. T: 020-7402 6075. www.serpentine
work of a group of artists, who were among the galleries.org. Station: South Kensington. E4.
first to approach photography with a creative
eye. Sat-Wed 10am-6pm; Thur-Fri 10am-9pm TATE BRITAIN
(regular Friday evening events). Admission The nation’s leading collection of British
free; charges for special exhibitions. St Martin’s art from 1500 to today, including the world’s
Place, WC2H 0HE. T: 020-7312 2463. www.npg. largest collection of works by Turner.
org.uk. Station: Leicester Square. E7. To 7 May: Impressionists in
London – French Artists in Exile. How the artists
THE QUEEN’S GALLERY who fled the Franco-Prussian War coped with
Home to exhibitions, which are often sourced from life and the art scene in London. To 27 Aug: All
500 years of treasures from the Royal Collection. Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Life
To 13 May: Charles II: Art Painting. Celebrating painters living in Britain
& Power. Exhibition exploring the court of the who strove to represent human figures, their
Restoration monarch. Daily 10am-5.30pm; relationships and surroundings in the most
closed 14 May-7 Jun. Adult £11; child £5.50. intimate of ways. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission
Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7301. free; charges for special exhibitions. Millbank,
www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-queens- SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8888. www.tate.org.uk.
gallery-buckingham-palace. Station: Green Park/ Station: Pimlico. G8.
Hyde Park Corner. F7.
TATE MODERN
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS World-class, ininternational modern art
MRS RUSSELL BY RODIN © MUSÉE RODIN/PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN BARAJA

Attractive 18th-century buildingg with in the transformed


transfor Bankside Power
RA Collection works in all media.
a. Station, now with a new wing. To 5 Aug:
From 19 May: Tacita Dean:n: Joan Jo
Jonas. A retrospective of the
Landscape. The English artist video and performance artist.
vide
celebrates vistas she has To 9 Sep: Picasso 1932
T
witnessed across the world – Love, Fame, Tragedy.
(p. 55). Sat-Thur 10am- A thrilling look at one
6pm; Fri 10am-10pm; of the most productive
check for regular special (and dramatic) years
events. Admission of Picasso’s life.
free; charges for Sun-Thur 10am-6pm;
special exhibitions. Fri-Sat 10am-10pm.
6 Burlington Gardens, Admission free;
Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. charges for special
T: 020-7300 8000. exhibitions. Bankside,
www.royalacademy.org.uk. See Rodin’s sculptures at SE1 9TG. T: 020-7887
Station: Piccadilly Circus/ The British Museum (p. 55) 8888. www.tate.org.uk.
Green Park. E7. Station: Southwark. E9.

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ENTERTAINMENT
A HIGH SCORE
Following a UK tour, you can now
watch La La Land in Concert
(27 May) in this immersive event
at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
A 60-piece orchestra accompanies
the Oscar-winning film starring
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
while it plays on a huge screen.
www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk

THE GREAT OUTDOORS


R
egent’s Park Open Air You can also catch William

LA LA LAND © LIONSGATE; REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE © DAVID JENSEN; BREAKIN’ CONVENTION © PAUL HAMPARTSOUMIAN
FACE THE MUSIC
Theatre’s 2018 season Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a
begins this month, so romantic comedy about sibling
This year, The Old Vic theatre you can watch shows rivalry and mistaken identity.
celebrates its 200th anniversary. under the stars (from 17 May; It’s directed by Max Webster
The stage has welcomed actors p. 74; above). The season, and has new music by Charlie
from Ben Kingsley to Dame Judi which is curated by artistic Fink – the former frontman
Dench. Celebrate the milestone director Timothy Sheader, of Noah and the Whale.
by watching Mood Music (p. 74), opens with JM Barrie’s Peter Little Shop of Horrors,
which is set in a London music Pan (17 May-15 Jun), followed meanwhile, is based on Roger
studio and follows a songwriter, by Henry James’ The Turn Corman’s 1960 black comedy,
her producers and lawyers battling of the Screw (22-30 Jun), about a florist on the verge
for ownership of a song. William Shakespeare’s As of closing until the owner
You Like It (6-28 Jul) and the discovers a plant that can talk.
HOP TO IT rock musical Little Shop of For a change of scenery,
The international hip-hop dance
Horrors (3 Aug-15 Sep). visit Shakespeare’s Globe,
festival, Breakin’ Convention, Peter Pan is a new version a reconstructed Elizabethan
returns to Sadler’s Wells (5-7 May) of the classic that was first playhouse that’s now in its 21st
for its 15th year. Watch top acts, performed at the Open Air year. To mark the occasion, it
get involved in dance workshops, Theatre in 2015. The Olivier is staging Hamlet, which was
listen to DJs, catch freestyle Award-nominated show, set in written in 1599 – the year the
sessions and witness graffiti World War I, follows soldiers original Globe was built.
artists working their magic. who use their imagination to Opera fans should head to
www.sadlerswells.com escape
es the horrors of war in open-air Opera Holland Park
favour
fav of Neverland’s pirate for Verdi’s tragedy, La Traviata
ships.
sh It has a flying cast, thanks (from 29 May), and Mozart’s
to bungee cords, as well as Così Fan Tutte (from 31 May),
puppetry
pu and magic. about identity and infidelity.
Sheader directs The Turn of
S Whichever venue you choose
the Screw. Published as a novel to visit, you’ll find them all
in 1898, it follows a governess a breath of fresh air.
who
wh is hired to care for two – Sarah Riches
orphans
orp before realising that www.openairtheatre.com;
the
th country house they live in www.shakespearesglobe.com;
is h
haunted. www.operahollandpark.com

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INFO
To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Key: refers to numbers on our Theatreland map.
Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. Please check for venue’s
complete listings

MUSICALS & PERFORMANCES CHESS


ALADDIN This major musical returns to the West End for
This Broadway and West End hit has the first time in 30 years – it tells a story of love
a stellar cast led by director and choreographer and political intrigue, set against the background
Casey Nicholaw. With lyrics by Sir Tim Rice. Mon- of the Cold War. With music by Benny Andersson
Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £17.50- and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, and with lyrics by
£149.50. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Sir Tim Rice. Check for times and prices. 33 St
St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. www.aladdinthe Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300.
musical.co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7. www.eno.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.

ALL OR NOTHING – THE MOD MUSICAL CHICAGO THE MUSICAL


To 2 Jun: This musical follows the rise and demise Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr stars
of the Small Faces, the 1960s mod group. Check in this jazz-filled musical. Mon-Sat 8pm; Wed &
for times. Tickets £27.50-£80. Ambassadors Sat 3pm. Tickets £20-£154.90. Phoenix Theatre,
Theatre, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 020-7395 5405. 110 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843-316
www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk. Station: 1082. www.phoenixtheatrelondon.co.uk. Station:
Leicester Square. D7. Tottenham Court Road. E7.

BAT OUT OF HELL: THE MUSICAL DREAMGIRLS


Meat Loaf musical set in a post-apocalyptic world, Powerful tunes and a story about the tumultuous
with motorbikes and flames on stage. Mon-Sat journey of a young female singing trio from
7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£175. Chicago. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, Tickets £15-£175. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R
W1T 7AQ. T: 0845-200 7982. www.batoutofhell 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. www.savoytheatre.org.
musical.com. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7. Station: Covent Garden. E8.

THE BOOK OF MORMON EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE


This controversial satire, from the writers of TV’s This feel-good musical is set on a council
South Park, follows the exploits of two hapless estate in Sheffield, northern England, and
missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints. tells the story of a 16-year-old boy and how
1-19 May Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm he overcomes bullies and prejudice. Mon-Sat
(no 2.30pm show 16 May). Tickets £25-£202.25. 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£85.
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. Apollo, 31 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7ES. T: 0330-
T: 0844-482 5110. www.bookofmormonlondon.com. 333 4809. www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.
Station: Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus. E7. co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.

A DANCE WITH DEATH


The celebrated dancer and choreographer
Akram Khan has chosen Sadler’s Wells for the
UK premiere of XENOS (from 29 May; p. 79)
– it’s his final performance as a dancer in
a full-length piece. XENOS, which means
stranger or foreigner, revisits the classical
Greek myth of Prometheus – the Titan who
stole fire and gave it to mankind – through
the experience of a soldier in World War I.
XENOS © NICOL VIZIOLI

Khan shifts between contemporary and Kathak


dance, and he has previously collaborated with
the singer Kylie Minogue and the sculptor
Anish Kapoor.

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ENTERTAINMENT
42ND STREET MAMMA MIA!
Romantic comedy following a director as A tribute to the popular music of ABBA, set
he stages a musical extravaganza. Lulu stars. on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat
Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets 3pm. Tickets £27.25-£102.25. Novello, Aldwych,
£15-£125. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. www.mamma-
St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. www.42ndstreet mia.com. Station: Covent Garden/Temple. E8.
musical.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
GARY BARLOW Roald Dahl’s children’s tale about
17-19 May: Catch one of the UK’s most successful a girl with magic powers. Check for times.
singer/songwriters. 6.30pm. Check for prices. Tickets £25-£122.50. Cambridge Theatre,
Palladium, Argyll St, W1F 7TF. T: 0844- 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412
412 2704. www.reallyusefultheatres. 4652. www.matildathemusical.com.
co.uk. Station: Oxford Circus. D7. Hamilton has Station: Covent Garden. D8.
won 11 Tony
HAMILTON Awards, seven MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Award-winning musical about Olivier Awards, Brilliant feel-good musical based
the life of the American Founding a Pulitzer Prize on the story of Motown Records.
Father Alexander Hamilton (p. 74). and a Grammy Please check for times and prices.
Check for times, prices and returns.
Award Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury
Victoria St, SW1E 5EA. T: 0844-482 Ave, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399.
5138. www.hamiltonthemusical.co.uk. www.shaftesburytheatre.com. Station:
Station: Victoria. F6. Tottenham Court Road/Holborn. D8.

KATHLEEN TURNER: FINDING MY VOICE THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA


To 6 May: One-woman show by Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man
the Hollywood actress. Check for times. Tickets haunts the Paris Opera House. Mon-Sat 7.30pm;
from £18. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£204.75. Her
5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. www.theotherpalace.co.uk. Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL.
Station: St James’s Park/Victoria. F7. T: 0844-412 2707. www.thephantomofthe
opera.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
KINKY BOOTS
Fun musical about a shoe factory
tory which THE RINK
makes knee-high boots for dragg queens. From 25 MMay: Musical written by
Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. John Kander an
and Fred Ebb, who wrote
Tickets £19.50-£125. Adelphi Theatre, Chicago and Cabaret (p. 72). Check for
409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844- times. Tickets
Ticke £14-£25. Southwark
579 0094. www.kinkybootsthemusical.
emusical. Playhouse, 7
77-85 Newington
co.uk. Station: Charing Cross. E8. Causeway, SE
SE1 6BD. T: 020-7407 0234.
www.southwa
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.
LES MISÉRABLES Station
Station: Elephant and Castle. F10.
Set in post-Revolutionary France.
ance.
Check for times and prices. SCH
SCHOOL OF ROCK:
Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury
ry THE MUSICAL
TH
Ave, W1D 6BA. T: 0844-482 A musician
m teaches students
MAMMA MIA! © BRINKHOFF & MÎGENBURG

5160. www.lesmis.com. Station:


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be rock stars. Check for
Leicester Square/Piccadilly times. Tickets £15-£149.50.
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Circus. D8. New London Theatre, 166
Ne
Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF.
Dru
DISNEY’S THE LION KING G T: 0
020-7452 3000. www.school
Adaptation of the ofrockthemusical.com.
ofro
Disney film. Check for times. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Stat
Tickets £7-£200.25. Lyceum,
21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ.. Enjoy ABBA’s songs in the
T: 0844-871 3000. www.thelion n hit mu
musical Mamma Mia!
king.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden.
den. E8.

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ENTERTAINMENT
A FAMILY AFFAIR
By the time the Soviet Union’s political police
seized Vasily Grossman’s 1960 novel Life and
Fate, it was too late – he’d already smuggled
copies out of the country. But it wasn’t until
its 2007 premiere in Paris that Grossman was
recognised for his portrayal of Soviet society
and the parallels between Nazism and Soviet
Communism. Life and Fatee is set in 1943, in a
world torn apart by war and Nazi concentration
camps. Focusing on a Jewish family, it explores
how people live in a totalitarian society. See it at
Theatre Royal Haymarket (8-20 May; p. 74),
alongside Uncle Vanya a (8-20 May). Both plays
are performed in Russian, with English subtitles.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL WICKED


Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew The brilliant, multi-award-winning
McOnie directs singer Will Young in this Baz backstory of the Witches of Oz, with the hit
Luhrmann musical, which is adapted from the tunes Defying Gravity and Popular. Mon-Sat
1992 film. Check for times. Tickets £15-£149.50. 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24.75-
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. £175. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd,
T: 0844-871 7630. www.piccadillytheatre.org. SW1V 1LG. T: 0844-871 3001. www.wickedthe
Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7. musical.co.uk. Station: Victoria. F7.

TEDDY YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN


Jive musical set in 1950s London, with The legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel
a live band on stage, 1950s hits and original Brooks brings this classic monster musical comedy
songs. Check for times. Tickets £10-£35. The to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing
Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. T: 020-7401 9603. collaboration with the Tony Award-winning
www.thevaults.london. Station: Waterloo. F8. Broadway director and choreographer Susan
Stroman. Suitable for all ages with parental
THRILLER LIVE guidance. Check for times and prices. Garrick
Non-stop songs and dance celebrate Michael Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0HH.
Jackson’s career. Please check for times and T: 0844-482 9673. www.garricktheatre.org.
prices. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7ES. Station: Leicester Square. E7/8.
T: 0844-482 9674. www.thrillerlive.com.
Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7. PLAYS
LIFE AND FATE COURTESY OF THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

ABSOLUTE HELL
TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Rodney Ackland’s provocative play – which
A new musical based on the life of the legendary was first performed in 1952 – is set in post-
singer Tina Turner. Mon-Sat, please check for war Soho. Please check for times and prices.
times. Tickets £10-£79.50. Aldwych Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX.
9 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. T: 020-7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.
www.tinathemusical.com. Station: Covent Station: Waterloo. E8.
Garden/Holborn. D8.
AN IDEAL HUSBAND
TRAINSPOTTING LIVE To 14 Jul: Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy about
To 20 May: Immersive version blackmail and political corruption. Tickets from
of the novel and film about heroin addicts in £19.50. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm.
Edinburgh. Check for times. Tickets £20-£40. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH.
The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. T: 020-7401 9603. T: 0330-333 4814. www.vaudeville-theatre.co.uk.
www.thevaults.london. Station: Waterloo. F8. Station: Charing Cross/Covent Garden. E8.

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ENTERTAINMENT
AS YOU LIKE IT THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY
From 2 May: A firm favourite among A hilarious play about six incompetent crooks
Shakespeare’s comedies, with cross-dressing, who are desperate to get hold of a diamond, from
brilliant conversation, gentle satire, forgiveness the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong. Check
and reparation. Please check for times. Tickets for times. Tickets £10-£73.75. Criterion Theatre,
from £5. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, 218-223 Piccadilly, W1V 9LB. T: 0844-815 6131.
SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. www.shakespeares www.thecomedyaboutabankrobbery.com.
globe.com. Station: Blackfriars. E10. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.

THE CARDINAL FAULTY TOWERS:


To 27 May: Hailed as James THE DINING EXPERIENCE
Shirley’s tragic masterpiece, this is one of the Seventies-style dining and interactive
last plays staged in England before Oliver comedy combine in this theatrical experience
Cromwell’s ban on theatre. It’s a captivating based on the TV comedy. Check for times.
story of a religious monster and his relentless Tickets £67.50-£79.50. Radisson Blu Edwardian,
pursuit of power. Mon-Sun 3.30pm & 8pm. 9-13 Bloomsbury St, WC1B 3QD. T: 0845-154 4145.
Tickets £16-£20. Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 www.faultytowers-uk.com. Station: Tottenham
Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD. T: 020-4740 Court Road. D7.
0234. www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk. Station:
Elephant and Castle. Off map. THE FERRYMAN
To 19 May: Sam Mendes directs
this drama set in 1981 in Northern Ireland. Mon-
Sat 7pm; Wed & Sat 1.30pm. Tickets £15-£94.50.
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6AR.
T: 0844-482 5130. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
Station: Piccadilly Circus/Leicester Square. E7.

FROZEN
To 5 May: Psychological
thriller about a mother whose child goes missing,
starring Suranne Jones. Mon-Sat 7.30pm;
Thur & Sat 3pm. £15-£85. Royal Haymarket,
Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT. T: 020-7930 8800.
www.trh.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.

HAMLET
William Shakespeare’s classic revenge tragedy.

LET’S ROLL!
Please check for times. Tickets £5-£22.
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT.
T: 020-7401 9919. www.shakespearesglobe.com.
Chicago and Cabaret are just two of the hugely Station: Blackfriars. E10.
successful musicals that were written by
John Kander and Fred Ebb. While their work HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
THE RINK COURTESY OF SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

The Rink is not well known, it is still an Father-of-three Harry now works for the Ministry
exciting show. The hit production is returning of Magic. Most tickets sold out; check for returns
to London at the Southwark Playhouse and times. Palace Theatre, 113 Shaftesbury Ave,
(from 25 May; p. 68), 20 years after its W1D 5AY. T: 0300-333 4813. www.harrypotter
West End premiere. Liza Minnelli and theplay.com. Station: Leicester Square. D7.
Chita Rivera starred in the 1984 Broadway
premiere. The show tells the story of an THE INHERITANCE
estranged daughter, Angel, returning home To 19 May: A generation after
with the hope of smoothing things over with the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay
her mother, Anna, and saving the family man in New York? Check for times. Tickets
roller rink. Director Adam Lenson says: ‘The £10-£38. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ.
Rink is as innovative as it is underrated and T: 020-7452 3000. www.youngvic.org. Station:
truly pushes the form of musical theatre.’ Waterloo. F9.

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ENTERTAINMENT
JULIE RED
From 31 May: August Strindberg’s Miss From 4 May: Alfred Molina reprises
Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, his critically acclaimed performance as the
starring Vanessa Kirby (The Crown). Check for American abstract expressionist painter Mark
times and prices. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. Rothko. Please check for times and prices.
T: 020-7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H
Station: Waterloo. E8. 0DA. T: 0844-482 5120. www.delfontmackintosh.
co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. E7.
LIFE AND FATE
8-20 May: Epic tale set in 1943, when Hitler’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Germany and Stalin’s Russia were struggling Drama staged in a genuine former courtroom.
for survival (p. 70). 7pm. Please check for dates. Tickets from £10-£75. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Thur
Tickets £15-£110. Theatre Royal Haymarket, & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. County Hall, Belvedere
Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT. T: 020-7930 8800. Rd, South Bank, SE1 7PB. T: 0844-815 7141.
www.trh.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7. www.witnesscountyhall.com. Station: Waterloo/
Westminster. F8.
THE MODERATE SOPRANO OVERVIEW
Award-winning David Hare’s play, set prior THE WOMAN IN BLACK
to World War II, is about an intense love affair. A spooky story adapted from Susan Hill’s Gothic
Please check for times. Tickets £15-£85. Duke of novel, about a lawyer who visits a remote house
York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. in the country to settle affairs after a woman’s
T: 0844-871 7627. www.dukeofyorkstheatre.co.uk. death. Tue-Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm; Sat 4pm.
Station: Leicester Square. E8. Tickets £21.50-£60. Fortune Theatre, Russell St,
WC2B 5HH. T: 0844-871 7626. www.thewoman
MOOD MUSIC inblack.com. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Ben Chaplin stars in this play set in a recording
studio (p. 64). Check for times and prices.
ices. The FESTIV
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844-871
71 7628. LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL
LOND
www.oldvictheatre.com. Station: Waterloo.
rloo. F9. To 2 Jun:
J Variety festival with fire eaters,
belly dancers,
d comical strippers and
THE MOUSETRAP aerialists. Please check for times and
aer
A murderer strikes at a party in Agatha
ha prices. Shaw Theatre (and various
pr
Christie’s whodunnit. Check for timess vvenues around London), 100-110
and prices. St Martin’s Theatre, Euston Rd, NW1 2AJ. T: 0844-248
E
West St, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844-499 5075. www.londonburlesquefest.com.
1515. www.the-mousetrap.co.uk. Station: King’s Cross. C7.
Station: Leicester Square. D7.
REGENT’S PARK OPEN
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG AIR THEATRE
Slapstick comedy about a drama From 17 May: The 2018
society staging a murder mystery. se
season lets you watch shows under
Check for times. Tickets £22-£67.50. th
the stars (p. 64). Check for times and
Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine St, p
prices. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park,
WC2B 5LA. T: 0844-482 9672. N
NW1 4NU. T: 0844-826 4242.
www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com. w
www.openairtheatre.com. Station:
Station: Covent Garden. D8. B
Baker Street. C6.

QUIZ CONCERTS: CLASSICAL


C
HAMILTON © MATTHEW MURPHY

A gameshow contestant is accused BARBICAN


B
of cheating. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; 5 May: Our Finest Hour. Classical
Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15- music
m inspired by Dunkirk and the
£95. Noël Coward Theatre, St Battle of Britain. 7.30pm. Tickets
Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. £12-£35. Barbican Centre, Silk
T: 0844-482 5140. www.delfont Don’t miss the hip-hop St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891.
mackintosh.co.uk. Station: musical Hamilton (p. 68) www.barbican.org.uk. Station:
Leicester Square. E8. Barbican. C10.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Top to bottom:
The Phantom of the
Opera; The Lion King;
Les Misérables

THE WEST END’S


LONGEST-RUNNING SHOWS

LES MISÉRABLES AND THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA © JOHAN PERSSON; THE LION KING © DISNEY; LIGHTS © ISTOCK
These veterans of Theatreland have been entertaining audiences for years and
years, so if you’re looking for a legendary London evening, here’s where to start
THE MOUSETRAP St Martin’s Theatre 1986. The story is set in Paris, where a masked
Agatha Christie, the best-selling novelist of all figure spreads horror across the Opera House.
time, also wrote the longest-running play in the With a score that is famous across the world,
world. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is a The Phantom of the Opera has made more
classic ‘whodunnit’, a murder mystery which will money than any other musical in history.
keep you guessing who committed the crime right www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk
until the very end. www.the-mousetrap.co.uk
THE WOMAN IN BLACK Fortune Theatre
LES MISÉRABLES Queen’s Theatre Another spooky show, this play is based on Susan
This epic musical about the French Revolution Hill’s 1983 novel, which became a West End play
opened at the Barbican in 1985, when the Press in 1988. The story is about a lawyer who becomes
reviews weren’t very positive. But theatre super- convinced that a ghostly female figure has put
producer Cameron Mackintosh quickly turned a curse on his family. It’s a truly scary play.
it into a West End sensation. Les Misérables www.thewomaninblack.com
has moved around the West End over the years
and has been in its current Shaftesbury Avenue THE LION KING Lyceum Theatre
home since 2004. The London production is No introduction is necessary for Disney’s
the longest-running musical in the world. long-running West End musical, which came
www.queenstheatre.co.uk to London from Broadway in 1999. To bring
the animals of Africa’s Serengeti Plain to the
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stage, the show uses puppets, masks, stilts and
Her Majesty’s Theatre  elaborate costumes. The Lion King is Disney’s
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dramatic musical about longest-running musical.
tragedy, terror and love opened in London in www.thelionking.co.uk

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CADOGAN HALL ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS CHURCH
19 May: A Celebration for the Royal Wedding. Extensive programme of lunchtime and evening
With Eltham College Choir and Choral Society concerts and recitals at this Palladian church.
and the London Festival Sinfonia. 7.30pm. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100.
Check for prices. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ. www.smitf.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
T: 020-7730 4500. www.cadoganhall.com.
Station: Sloane Square. G6. WIGMORE HALL
17 May: Sunwook Kim. The pianist plays Bach,
ROYAL ALBERT HALL Beethoven and Brahms. Please check for times.
London’s premier music hall. 13 May: Planet Earth Tickets £13-£15. 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP.
II Live in Concert. Check for prices. Kensington T: 020-7935 2141. www.wigmore-hall.org.uk.
Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 8212. www.royalalbert Station: Bond Street. D6.
hall.com. Station: South Kensington. G4.
CONCERTS: POP, JAZZ & WORLD
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL THE JAZZ CAFE
23 May: BBC Concert Orchestra. Celebrating This live music venue and club specialises in jazz
the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner. 7.30pm. and funk. 1 May: Jocelyn Brown. 7pm. £25-£40.
Tickets £12-£45. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG. T: 0844-847 2514. www.the
SE1 8XX. T: 020-3879 9555. www.southbank jazzcafelondon.com. Station: Camden Town. Off map.
centre.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. E8.
THE O2
ST JAMES’S PICCADILLY Huge venue for live music. 10 May: Tears for Fears.
This 1676 church has free recitals every Mon, 11 May: Nickelback. 31 May: Bryan Adams. Check
Wed & Fri at 1.10pm and concerts from 7.30pm. for times and prices. The O2, Peninsula Square,
197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7381 0441. SE10 0AX. T: 0844-856 0202. www.theo2.co.uk.
www.sjp.org.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7. Station: North Greenwich. Map inset.

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28 New London ................. A2 45 Theatre Royal
for all major current and forthcoming theatre 29 Noël Coward ................. B2 Drury Lane .................... A3
productions. 30 Novello ........................... A3 46 Theatre Royal
31 Old Red Lion ................. E Haymarket .................... B1
To book tickets go to www.visitlondon.com 32 Old Vic ............................ C4 47 Trafalgar Studios ........ C2
33 Palace .............................. A1 48 Vaudeville ...................... B2
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1 Adelphi ........................... B2 13 Duchess ......................A/B3 36 Playhouse ...................... C2 East Theatre ................. C4
2 Ambassadors ................ A2 14 Duke of York’s .............. B2 37 Prince Edward ............. A1 51 Wyndham’s ................... B2
3 Aldwych ......................... A3 15 Fortune ......................A2/3 38 Prince of Wales ............ B1 52 Young Vic ....................... C4
4 Apollo Theatre ............. B1 16 Garrick ........................... B2 39 Queen’s ........................... B1
5 Apollo Victoria ............. F 17 Gielgud ........................... A1 Key to Dance, Music and Multi-arts Venues
6 Arts .................................. B2 18 Harold Pinter ............... B1
7 Barbican Centre .......... G 19 Her Majesty’s ................ B1 53 Barbican Hall ............... G 58 St. James’s Piccadilly
8 Cambridge ..................... A2 20 King’s Head Theatre .. E 54 London Coliseum ........ B2 church ............................. B1
9 Charing Cross Theatre ..B2 21 Leicester Square 55 Peacock .......................... A3 59 St. Martin-in-the-Fields
10 Criterion ........................ B1 Theatre ........................... B1 56 Ronnie Scott’s .............. A1 church ............................. B2
11 Dominion ...................... A1 22 Little Angel Theatre ... E 57 Royal Opera 60 Sadler’s Wells ............... E
12 Donmar Warehouse.... A2 23 London Palladium ...... A1 House .............................. A2 61 Southbank Centre ....... C3

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ENTERTAINMENT
IN THE HEART
OF LEICESTER
RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB
London’s most famous jazz venue. 22-23 May:
Omar Puente – Cuban Jazz Quartet. Check
for times and prices. 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT.
T: 020-7439 0747. www.ronniescotts.co.uk.
Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
SQUARE
DANCE
BARBICAN OPEN 7 DAYS
10-13 May: Crave. This new production, featuring
four dancers and four actors, investigates themes A WEEK
of rape, addiction and instability through dance
and spoken word. Suitable for over 16s. Please
check for times. Tickets £18. Silk St, EC2Y 8DS.
T: 020-7638 8891. www.barbican.org.uk. Station:
Barbican. C10.

LONDON COLISEUM
Home to the English National Opera.
All productions are sung in English.
To 6 May: Giselle. Romantic
ballet choreographed by Akram Khan. Please
check for times and prices. 33 St Martin’s Lane,
WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300. www.eno.org.
Station: Charing Cross. E8.

THE PEACOCK
To 17 May: Tango after Dark.
An intimate performance with choreography
set to the rhythms of Astor Piazzolla. Check
for times and prices. Portugal St, WC2A 2HT.
T: 020-7863 8222. www.sadlerswells.com.
Station: Holborn. D8.

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL


7 May: Spirit of India. Celebrating India’s
history and spirituality through music, dance
and Bollywood. Please check for times and
prices. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX.
T: 020-3879 9555. www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Station: Waterloo. E8.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE


To 16 May: Manon. Kenneth
MacMillan’s modern ballet is staged to mark the
25th anniversary of the choreographer’s death.
Check for times and prices. Bow St, WC2E 9DD.
T: 020-7304 4000. www.roh.org.uk. Station:
Covent Garden. D8.
LAST MINUTE
& DISCOUNT
SADLER’S WELLS
From 29 May: Xenos. Akram Khan takes

THEATRE TICKETS
to the stage alongside five world-class musicians
(p. 66). Please check for times and prices.
Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN. T: 020-7863 8000.
www.sadlerswells.com. Station: Angel. Off map.

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SPORT
HESHOOTS,
Harlem
Globetrotters

HESCORES

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME


T
he Original Harlem troupe do without even
Globetrotters aren’t just batting an eyelid.
Wembley Stadium hosts the one of the world’s most It’s not all about the
Emirates FA Cup Final (19 May; entertaining sporting towering men, though. One
p. 81), the finale of the world’s oldest teams, but also one of the most of the Globetrotters’ newest
football contest, which is guaranteed successful – and The O2 is members is the electrifying
to introduce a new name on the cup welcoming them to London Cherelle ‘Torch’ George – the
after Arsenal’s early exit. Nervous (28 May). The Globetrotters fourth woman to play for the
fans, meanwhile, hope for their have won many trophies and team in 2018. At just 5ft 3in,
teams’ success for promotion accolades over the decades, so she advocates that ‘size
from League One (27 May), fans are in for a real treat if they doesn’t matter’ – all the better,
League Two (28 May) and the catch them on their annual tour. bearing in mind she joins
Championship (26 May). This world-renowned a star-studded line-up that
basketball troupe combine includes the 6ft 8in forwards
showbiz with sporting El Gato and Zeus.
excellence. They boast a From global superstars to
history stretching back nine UK competitors, The O2 hosts
decades, ever since the team another basketball contest:
was formed in 1926. Since the BBL Play-Off Finals
FA CUP © THE FA; HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS © JEFFREY PHELPS

then they have dazzled 144 (20 May). It’s likely to be


million fans in 122 countries a sell-out event, featuring
– and even boast Pope Francis two matches to find out
as an honorary Globetrotter. which teams from the British
Expect spectacular trick shots, Basketball League will win
A RIGHT SCRUM quick wit and eye-popping the final trophies of the
athleticism. If you imagine 2017-18 season. In addition to
Rugby fans will be packing out
the most skilful moves on the the women’s (1pm) and men’s
Twickenham Stadium – the
‘Home of Rugby’ – for the Aviva basketball court – a slam (4pm) matches, get ready for
Premiership Final, a highlight dunk, for example – then add plenty of courtside action
of the domestic rugby season embellishments such as a including music, cheerleaders
(27 May; p. 81). Whichever teams figure-eight weave, or the and even a dunk contest,
compete for the title, ticketholders innovative four-point shot where you can have a go at
shouldn’t miss the Fan Village, (making the shooting mark beating the best players.
with its interactive games zone further back from the basket), – Emma Levine
and pop-up rugby pitch. then this is what the basketball www.theo2.co.uk

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INFO To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central
London Map. For more sports events and information, see www.visitlondon.com/events

WATCH CHELSEA FC STADIUM TOUR & MUSEUM


CRICKET Guided tour including dressing room, players’
11-14 May: Middlesex vs Gloucestershire. tunnel and press room, plus the museum. Legends
24-28 May: England vs Pakistan. Lord’s Cricket Tours are led by former players. Check for times.
Ground, see ‘Lord’s Tour’ for address. Adult £22; child £15. Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Rd, SW6 1HS. T: 0371-811 1955. www.chelsea
4-7 May: Surrey vs Worcestershire. 11-14 May: fc.com. Station: Fulham Broadway. Off map.
Surrey vs Yorkshire. 18 May: Surrey vs
Somerset. 23 May: Surrey vs Gloucestershire. KIA OVAL TOUR
29 May: Surrey vs Sussex. Kia Oval, see ‘Kia Tour the famous cricket ground, home of Surrey
Oval Tour’ for address. County Cricket Club since 1845 and host of
England matches. Check for times and prices.
DARTS Kennington, SE11 5SS. T: 020-3946 0100.
17 May: Unibet Premier League. The O2, Peninsula www.kiaoval.com. Station: Oval. Off map.
Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. www.the
o2.co.uk. Station: North Greenwich. Map inset. LORD’S TOUR & MCC MUSEUM
Guided tour of the home of cricket includes the
FOOTBALL Pavilion, Long Room and Honours Board, plus the
19 May: Emirates FA Cup Final (p. 80). 26 May: dressing room and the MCC (Marylebone Cricket
Championship Play-Off Final. 27 May: League Club) Museum with the Ashes urn. Please check
One Play-Off Final. 28 May: League Two for times. Booking essential. Tour £24; child £15.
Play-Off Final. Wembley Stadium, see ‘The St John’s Wood Rd, NW8 8QN. T: 020-7616 8595.
Wembley Stadium Tour’ for address. www.lords.org. Station: St John’s Wood. C4.

Premier League fixtures (dates are TWICKENHAM WORLD RUGBY


subject to change) MUSEUM & STADIUM TOUR
5 May: Arsenal vs Burnley. Emirates Stadium, The world’s largest stadium dedicated to rugby.
see ‘Arsenal Stadium Tour’ for address. Tours include the England dressing room, royal
box and pitch. Its World Rugby Museum
5 May: Chelsea vs Liverpool. Stamford has reopened, housing 38,000 objects.
Bridge, see ‘Chelsea FC Stadium Please check for times and prices.
Tour’ for address. The first Test Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Rd,
match in England Twickenham, TW2 7BA. T: 020-8892
13 May: Tottenham vs Leicester.
was played at the 8877. www.worldrugbymuseum.com.
Oval – WG Grace
Wembley Stadium, see ‘The Wembley scored 152 runs Station: Twickenham. Off map.
Stadium Tour’ for temporary on his debut
address. T: 0344-844 0102. THE WEMBLEY STADIUM TOUR
www.tottenhamhotspur.com. Go behind the scenes to relive sporting
history at this world-famous stadium – the
RUGBY UNION UK’s largest sports and music venue – including
27 May: Aviva Premiership Final (p. 80). See the England dressing rooms and FA Cup. Regular
Twickenham World Rugby Museum for address. tours daily 10am-4pm; please check for closures.
T: 0871-222 2120. www.englandrugby.com. Adult £20; child £12. Olympic Way, HA9 0WS.
Station: Twickenham. Off map. T: 0800-169 9933. www.wembleystadium.com.
Station: Wembley Park. Off map.
TOURS & MUSEUMS
ARSENAL STADIUM TOUR & MUSEUM WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS
Self-guided audio tours include the changing MUSEUM & TOUR
rooms, players’ tunnel and the museum. The In the museum, see the 1887 men’s singles trophy,
Legends Tour is led by former Arsenal players. Victorian tennis fashions and the changing
Please check for times. Adult £22; child £14. rooms. The tour includes Centre Court. Daily
ICON © ISTOCK

Museum only adult £10; child £7. Drayton Park, 10am-5pm. Check for prices. The All England
N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. www.arsenal.com. Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd,
Station: Holloway Road/Arsenal/Finsbury Park. SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. www.wimbledon.
Off map. com/museum. Station: Southfields. Off map.

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SHOPPING
LEGO Store

HERE COMES THE BRIDE


COME TO CARNABY
W
ith the nation in the you don’t have to spend your
grips of royal wedding time running around London.
Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger are fever, predictions Curated by leading industry
just some of the names who used to for Meghan Markle’s experts, brides and grooms
shop in Carnaby Street during the dress are rife. As ideas get are guided through the entire
Swinging Sixties. Today, the area thrown around on a daily wedding planning process.

WEDDING GALLERY; CARNABY STREET COURTESY OF CARNABY STYLE WEEKENDER


is still famous for its stylish shops. basis, even the most laid-back The gallery is adorned

WEDDING VENUE © AURELIJUS VARNA; WEDDING DRESS COURTESY OF THE


During the popular fashion festival bride-to-be would have to admit with leading brands in bridal
Carnaby Style Weekender that there’s never been a more fashion, floristry, venues,
(10-13 May), visitors can enjoy exciting time to plan the jewellery, gifts, photography,
a host of events, from workshops to perfect wedding. So, with the cake design and perfumes.
talks by industry experts. Pankhurst world’s first upscale wedding Grooms can get suited and
London is offering complimentary department store opening, booted by labels ranging
haircuts (12 May), while the tapas shopping for the dream day from Gieves & Hawkes to
restaurant Dehesa has a Jamón
has just got simpler. Turnbull & Asser, and tailors
Ibérico masterclass (13 May).
www.carnaby.co.uk
The Wedding Gallery has are on hand to help.
opened its doors in the iconic After shopping, take a seat
One Marylebone – one of Sir in the department store’s The
John Soane’s creations, which Club. Enjoy delicious food and
is a Grade-I listed building. sip on a cocktail (or two) in the
Open throughout the year, beautiful café and bar to toast
this is a unique experience for your achievements.
brides and grooms. Designed – Flora Neighbour
over two floors by Christian 1 Marylebone Rd, NW1 4AQ.
Lahoude, the venue has all you T: 020-7380 1699.
need to plan the day – meaning www.the-weddinggallery.com
©VisitBritain/Andrew Pickett

FIND YOUR
INFO
To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Map: refers to the grid coordinates
on our Central London Map. Normal opening hours are approximately 10am-6pm
(Sun 11am-5pm), although some stores open until late on Thur

MAJOR STORES WESTFIELD LONDON


FORTNUM & MASON This mall has 300 luxury and high-street stores,
Established in 1707, this historic store is famed plus bars and restaurants. Ariel Way, W12 7GF
for its food hall, hampers and china. Don’t miss (and Stratford mall). T: 020-3371 2300. www.uk.
the fashion and antiques departments, and the westfield.com. Station: Shepherd’s Bush. Map inset.
Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. 181 Piccadilly,
W1A 1ER. T: 0845-300 1707. www.fortnum FASHION
andmason.com. Station: Green Park. E7. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Tailored menswear and womenswear from the
HARRODS fashion-forward label. 9 Savile Row, W1S 3PF.
One of the world’s most famous and iconic stores T: 020-7494 8840. www.alexandermcqueen.com.
includes top fashion labels, jewellery, plus many Station: Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus. C5.
bars and restaurants. 87-135 Brompton Rd,
SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7730 1234. www.harrods.com. PAUL SMITH
Station: Knightsbridge. F5. On-trend classic men’s and womenswear
from the iconic designer. 40-44 Floral St,
HOUSE OF FRASER WC2E 9TB (and branches). T: 020-7379 7133.
Affordable designer fashion, beauty, homewares www.paulsmith.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. C6.
and more at this one-stop shop. 318 Oxford St,
W1C 1HF. T: 0344-800 3752. www.houseoffraser. PRIMARK
co.uk. Station: Oxford Circus. B4. At this bargain hunter’s paradise, find affordable
clothing and homeware. 499-517 Oxford St,
JOHN LEWIS W1K 7DA (and branches). T: 020-7495 0420.
Established more than 150 years ago, this www.primark.com. Station: Marble Arch. B4.
British institution sells everything from hats
to homeware across its seven splendid floors.
300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX. T: 020-7629 7711.
www.johnlewis.com. Station: Oxford Circus. D6.

LIBERTY
Behind a mock-Tudor exterior, this iconic
store is famed for its haberdashery and fabrics.
Arthur’s, an Art Deco-inspired restaurant, has
recently opened. Great Marlborough St, W1B 5AH.
T: 020-7734 1234. www.libertylondon.com.
Station: Oxford Circus. B5.

SELFRIDGES
This famous department store is great for
fashion, beauty and food, and home to the
enormous Denim Studios. 400 Oxford St,

CITY OF STYLE
W1A 1AB. T: 0800-123 400. www.selfridges.com.
IMAGES COURTESY OF ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL

Station: Bond Street. D6.

MALLS & FACTORY OUTLETS Happy birthday, St Pancras International!


BICESTER VILLAGE The iconic train station celebrates its 150th
A shopping haven in Oxfordshire’s countryside, anniversary this year. To commemorate this,
where more than 160 boutiques showcase take your pick from stylish items including
fashion brands, with prices reduced all year printed cushions, limited-edition scarves,
round. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm. pictures and more on sale. While you’re there,
Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD. look out for pianos, which anyone can play
T: 01869-323 200. www.bicestervillage.com. – some have been used by music stars
Station: Marylebone to Bicester Village. Bus: including Elton John and John Legend.
Shopping Express Village coach from London Euston Rd, N1C 4QP. T: 020-7843 7688.
hotels. Off map. www.stpancras.com

MAY 2018 | 83
SHOPPING
TOPSHOP LEGO STORE
This flagship brims with catwalk-inspired Marvel at LEGO creations, from a 6.53m-tall
pieces at affordable prices. There’s a nail and Big Ben to an Underground carriage, and browse
blow-dry bar, too. 214 Oxford St, W1W 8LG sets. 3 Swiss Court, W1D 6AP. T: 020-7839 3480.
(and branches). T: 0844-848 7487. www.top www.lego.com. Station: Leicester Square. E7.
shop.com. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.
LONDON BEATLES STORE
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD London’s only Beatles shop stocks original
Famous for her punk-inspired designs, memorabilia. 231/233 Baker St, NW1 6XE.
the British designer is still as edgy as ever. T: 020-7935 4464. www.beatlesstorelondon.co.uk.
44 Conduit St, W1S 2YL (and branches). Station: Baker Street. A3.
T: 020-7439 1109. www.viviennewestwood.com.
Station: Oxford Circus. C4/5. LONDON GLASSBLOWING STUDIO
Watch glass objects being created before your
SPECIALIST STORES eyes as you browse great pieces for sale. Classes
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO STORE can be booked, so you can create a masterpiece
Music gifts, many related to The Beatles. to take home. 62-66 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD.
5 Abbey Rd, NW8 9AA. T: 020-7266 7355. T: 020-7403 2800. www.londonglassblowing.co.uk.
www.shop.abbeyroad.com. Station: St John’s Station: London Bridge. D8.
Wood. Off map.
PANDORA
BUCKINGHAM PALACE SHOP Jewellery and gifts, including Pandora’s charms
Royal souvenirs and merchandise, including for bracelets and necklaces. 257-259 Oxford St,
limited-edition items and corgi slippers. W1C 2DD (and branches). T: 020-7407 2007.
7 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020- www.pandora.net. Station: Oxford Circus. B4.
7839 1377. www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk.
Station: Victoria. F6. TWININGS
Find more than 100 varieties of teas and
FOYLES infusions at one of the oldest shops in London.
One of the city’s oldest and most famous Open since 1706, it’s also home to a small museum.
bookshops is now located in the former Central 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511.
Saint Martins building. 107 Charing Cross Rd, www.twinings.co.uk. Station: Temple. D9.
WC2H 0DT. T. 020-7437 5660. www.foyles.co.uk.
Station: Tottenham Court Road. B5. WE BUILT THIS CITY
Browse quirky souvenirs and cool London gifts
HAMLEYS and art prints created by local artists. There’s also
One of the world’s biggest toy shops, with a handpicked collection of London books and
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seven floors selling everything that a child guides. There’s a programme of workshops, too,
could ever dream of. 188-196 Regent St, W1B where you can learn arts and crafts. 56 Carnaby
5BT. T: 0371-704 1977. www.hamleys.com. St, W1F 9QF. T: 020-3642 9650. www.webuilt-
Station: Oxford Circus. D7. thiscity.com. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL THE WHISKY


Popular music merchandise EXCHANGE
shop selling rock memorabilia, Find the biggest
T-shirts, autographs, photos and range of whiskies
more. 230 Baker St, NW1 5RT. and fine spirits in
T: 020-7224 0277. www.its London, with more
onlyrocknrolllondon.co.uk. than 1,000 varieties
Station: Baker Street. A3. from which to choose.
The shop also stocks
a selection of luxury
Visit Buckingham Palaceace Champagnes. 2 Bedford St,
Shop for Harry and Meghan’s
eghan’s WC2E 9HH. T: 020-7403 8688.
official wedding chinaa www.thewhiskyexchange.com.
Station: Charing Cross. C6.

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EATING OUT
Clockwise from
this image: Paladar
lamb stew with sweet
potatoes and mint;
Tomos Parry of Brat;
interior of Sabor

THE TASTE
OF SPAIN
W
hoever said that all Brat draws on Parry’s Welsh
UP-MARKET good things come in
threes could have easily
heritage, working with farms
to create seasonal Basque-
Peckham Levels, a former been talking about the Welsh dishes, such as wild
10-storey car park on Rye Lane city’s latest Iberian restaurants. mussel and cockle soup and
opposite Peckham Rye Station, First on the menu is Sabor. offal hot pot, inspired by Wales’
has transformed two storeys into Michelin-starred Barrafina’s national dish of cawl (broth).
a food market in the clouds. Browse former manager, José Etura, ‘Brat will focus on a gentle
street food stalls, a café and two
SABOR © CHRIS TERRY; PECKHAM LEVELS COURTESY OF PECKHAM LEVELS

and former chef, Nieves and simple style of fire cooking


bars, then pop up to Frank’s Café
PALADAR COURTESY OF PALADAR; TOMOS PARRY COURTESY OF BRAT;

on the roof in time for sunset.


Barragan, have joined forces recognisable from Getaria,
www.peckhamlevels.org to open the restaurant, bar which generally means “buy
and asador (grill). well and don’t ruin it”,’ Parry
Sample Spanish dishes says (4 Redchurch St, E1 6JJ).
including suckling pig; prawn Paladar isn’t Spanish,
croquettes; cheese and black but the restaurant, wine
truffle brioche; corn-fed pork bar and bodega is in the heart
and bull-tail stew. Just save of London’s Latin American
space for cuajada de turrón community and serves cuisine
– a pudding made with milk, from Spanish and Portuguese-

HEAD CHEFS
honey and almond nougat speaking countries. The
(35-37 Heddon St, W1B 4BP). gluten-free tapas menu has
Watch Michelin-starred chefs Meanwhile, Tomos Parry – five sections: Nibbles, the Sea,
at Foodies Festival in Syon Park formerly of The River Café, the Farm, the Land and Sweet
(26-28 May) – then enjoy a drink Fitzrovia’s Michelin-starred Endings. Guests can also enjoy
in a tikki rum bar, double-decker Kitchen Table and Mayfair’s Brazilian tunes and buy cigars
bus bar or in a Pimm’s teapot! Kitty Fisher’s – has opened (4-5 London Rd, SE1 6JZ).
www.foodiesfestival.com Brat in Shoreditch. – Sarah Riches

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INFO
To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our
Central London Map. Prices shown are for a three-course meal. £: up to £20 per person.
££: £20-£40 per person. £££: £40 or more per person

LABOUR OF
RAINFOREST CAFE
REVIEW Busy all-day dining in a mock rainforest jungle,
with life-size animatronic animals and a family-

LOVE
friendly menu. Daily L & D. ££. 20 Shaftesbury Ave,
W1D 7EU. T: 020-7434 3111. www.therainforest
cafe.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E3.

BRITISH
AQUA SHARD
Head up to level 31 of the landmark The Shard for
contemporary British cuisine and fantastic views.
Daily B, L & D. £££. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY.
T: 020-3011 1256. www.aquashard.co.uk. Station:
London Bridge. E10.

Breton-born head chef Williams Guillemot CAFÉ IN THE CRYPT


from Clos Maggiore has moved to L’Ami In a church’s 18th-century brick vaults, enjoy
Malo, a new crêperie that’s inspired by the hearty English food at reasonable prices. You can
coastal town of Saint-Malo in Brittany, which also eat outside in the courtyard. Mon-Sat B, L & D;
is known for its galettes. The restaurant, with Sun 11am-6pm. £. St Martin-in-the-Fields, corner
its banquettes and a vintage till, feels warm of Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1158.
and homely. The menu of galettes, or savoury www.smitf.org. Station: Charing Cross. D7.
pancakes made with gluten-free buckwheat,
features smoked ham, duck egg and maple- CHENESTON’S RESTAURANT
cured bacon. For something sweet, try crêpes This intimate hotel dining room with classic
with poached pear, chocolate sauce, roasted English décor specialises in fine British cuisine.
almond and ice cream. Le Moulin, a French- Daily B, L & D. £££. The Milestone Hotel,
inspired speakeasy, is at the back with its 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL. T: 020-7917 1000.
own entrance on Parliament Court. www.milestonehotel.com. Station: High Street
14 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ. T: 020-7247 8595. Kensington. Off map.
www.lamimalo.com
SOPHIE’S STEAKHOUSE & BAR
AMERICAS Enjoy excellent British dishes in Theatreland,
HARD ROCK CAFE including burgers, steaks and a terrine board.
London’s original burger joint is packed with Daily L & D. ££. 42-44 Great Windmill St,
great music memorabilia. Its extensive menu W1D 7NB (and Chelsea branch). T: 020-7352
also includes jumbo wings, nachos and hickory- 0088. www.sophiessteakhouse.co.uk. Station:
smoked ribs. Daily L & D. ££. 150 Old Park Lane, Piccadilly Circus. E7.
W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. www.hardrock.com.
Station: Hyde Park Corner. E8. CHINESE
CHAI WU
OBLIX Located in Harrods, enjoy luxury Chinese dishes
On the 32nd floor of The Shard, enjoy this ultra- of Wagyu beef, Alaskan king crab and Chilean sea
sophisticated New York-style rotisserie/grill with bass. There’s also a theatrical charcoal grill. Daily
amazing views. Daily L & D. £££. 31 St Thomas L; Mon-Sat D (to 8pm). £££. 87-135 Brompton
St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-7268 6700. www.oblix Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-3819 8888. www.chaiwu.
restaurant.com. Station: London Bridge. E10. co.uk. Station: Knightsbridge. F5.
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PLANET HOLLYWOOD ROYAL CHINA CLUB


Hollywood-inspired dining experience This huge flagship branch in Baker Street is
with movie memorabilia and an international known for its excellent dim sum, served every
menu (p. 90). Daily L & D (bar to 1am). ££. lunchtime. Evenings see dishes such as crispy
57-60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX. T: 020-7287 1000. aromatic duck. Daily L & D. ££. 24-26 Baker St,
www.planethollywoodlondon.com. Station: W1U 3BZ (and branches). T: 020-7487 4688.
Piccadilly Circus. E7. www.rcguk.co.uk. Station: Baker Street. D6.

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FRENCH
BRASSERIE ZÉDEL
This Parisian-style brasserie serves great-value
French food. Daily L & D. £-££. 20 Sherwood St,
W1F 7ED. T: 020-7734 4888. www.brasserie
zedel.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.

INDIAN
AMAYA
These Michelin-starred dishes are full of exotic
twists on Indian dishes from an open-grill
kitchen. Daily L & D. £££. Halkin Arcade,
19 Motcomb St, SW1X 8JT. T: 020-7823 1166.
www.amaya.biz. Station: Knightsbridge. F6.

CHUTNEY MARY
This long-standing restaurant offers a gourmet
tour of seven Indian regions. Daily L & D. ££.
20% OFF
FOOD/SOFT DRINKS/MERCHANDISE
73 St James’s St, SW1A 1PH. T: 020-7629 6688. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Payment by cash
or debit/credit card only. Discount applies to a la carte menu
www.chutneymary.com. Station: Green Park. E7. (excluding kids’ menu). Valid daily until 30/12/18. Subject to
availability. 1 voucher per table maximum 8 persons. Code LPLAN.
Please show this advert to your server before ordering.
GAYLORD RESTAURANT
Award-winning dishes. Daily L & D. ££. 79-81
Mortimer St, W1W 7SJ. T: 020-7580 3615. www. RESTAURANT OPEN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT (11PM SUN)
gaylordlondon.com. Station: Oxford Circus. D7. BAR OPEN ‘TIL 1AM (MIDNIGHT SUN)

FIT FOR A KING

The Rubens at the Palace, near Buckingham


Palace, has opened The Curry Room. Chefs
Arun Kumar and Kevin Joseph have created
the Indian and South African menu. As well
as traditional dishes from KwaZulu-Natal
province in South Africa, such as lamb curry,
TO BOOK PLEASE CALL
THE CURRY ROOM © JACK HARDY

expect butter chicken, spicy beef vindaloo,


prawn curry and Bengal fish curry. The fish
is sourced from Billingsgate Market, while 020 7287 1000
the meat is from The Rubens’ butcher – a planethollywoodlondon.com
Royal Warrant Holder. Earthy shades, red
leather banquettes and candles make the 57-60 HAYMARKET
restaurant perfect for a romantic night out. LONDON SW1Y 4QX
39 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PS. TUBE: PICCADILLY CIRCUS OR LEICESTER SQ
T: 020-7834 6600. www.rubenshotel.com

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AUTHENTIC THAI CUISINE EATING OUT
at the award winning
INDIAN ACCENT
THAI POT since 1992
Manish Mehrotra creates innovative dishes.
Mon-Sat L & D. £££. 16 Albemarle St, W1S 4HW.
T: 020-7629 9802. www.indianaccent.com.
Station: Green Park. E7.

MASALA ZONE
Awarded: In this vibrant restaurant, recently refurbished,
Authentic Thai Food – enjoy tasty Indian street food, traditional thalis
Ministry of and regional curries. Daily L & D. £. 48 Floral St,
Commerce, Thailand WC2E 9DA (and branches). T: 020-7379 0101.
4 stars – www.masalazone.com. Station: Covent Garden. D6.
Master Chef UK
Thai Select Award – MINT LEAF
Department of Export Contemporary Indian dishes are served in this
Promotion, Ministry of restaurant; try the venison pepper roast. Mon-Fri
Commerce, Thailand
& Sun L; daily D. £££. Suffolk Place, Haymarket,
1 Bedfordbury, SW1Y 4HX. T: 020-7930 9020. www.mintleaf
Covent Garden, london.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
London WC2N 4BP
020 7379 4580 behind ENO, Coliseum, VEERASWAMY
www.thaipot.biz Ë Charing Cross Station London’s oldest Indian restaurant boasts
(Covent Garden exit)
a Michelin star. Daily L & D. £££. 99 Regent
4 stars restaurant at 2 stars price! St, W1B 4RS. T: 020-7734 1401. www.veera
– food and service others talk about – swamy.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.

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For more than 20 years, El Pirata has hit the the UK’s only branch of Planet Hollywood
spot as London’s top restaurant for traditional (p. 88), near Piccadilly Circus. British film
Spanish tapas. Located in the heart of memorabilia covers the walls, from Roger
Mayfair, it’s the perfect place for a true taste Moore’s The Spy who Loved Me suit to the
of the Mediterranean. Informal, inexpensive cheeky red underpants from Brit hit The
and above all, authentic – the restaurant uses Fully Monty. Arrive hungry and start with
the finest Spanish produce, including jamón the VIP platter, which includes buffalo
ibérico. Celebrity fans include Brian May and wings, crunchy chicken strips and a creamy
Johnny Depp, and food critics are unanimous five-cheese dip. Follow up with steaks,
in their praise of this ‘Spanish gem’. stir fries, pasta or Scottish beef burgers
5-6 Down Street, Mayfair, W1 7AQ. from the butcher Donald Russell – a
020 7491 3810/020 7409 1315. supplier to the Queen. Punchy cocktails
www.elpirata.co.uk. Green Park. Map C5 are made with care and flair, so you could
definitely make a starry night of it here.

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INTERNATIONAL
THE TERRACE
Opulent hotel restaurant serving salads and
small plates. Daily B, L & D. ££. Amba Hotel
Charing Cross, The Strand, WC2N 5HX.
T: 0800-330 8397. www.amba-hotel.com.
Station: Charing Cross. E8.

ITALIAN
ROSSOPOMODORO
Authentic Neapolitan pizzas. Daily (check for
times). ££. John Lewis, 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX
(and branches). T: 020-7495 8409. www.rosso
pomodoro.co.uk. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.

VERDI ITALIAN KITCHEN


Dine on fresh Italian classics or enjoy afternoon
tea at the famous music venue. Tue-Sun L & D.
££. Door 12, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore,
SW7 2AP. T: 020-7070 4401. www.royalalbert
hall.com/verdi. Station: South Kensington. F4.

RIVERSIDE
BATEAUX LONDON
Enjoy British cuisine on a river cruise. Daily L & D;
Sun jazz with three-course L. £££. Embankment
Pier, WC2N 6NU. T: 020-7695 1800. www.bateaux
london.com. Station: Embankment. E8.

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NIGHTLIFE
GET INTO THE
Left to right: Swingers
golf course; Swingers bar

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LUCKY FOR SOME
o you love to be beside bandstand-style canopy roof.
the seaside? Then visit You can also order a drink
Get ready to flap your bingo wings, Swingers West End, from the Grand Hotel Bar, a
because the Bingo Academy will a new crazy golf bar for free-standing building that has
transform The Vaults underneath over-18s. The first branch a large island bar surrounded
Waterloo Station. Find out the of Swingers, in the City, is by palms, which is inspired by
best ways to dab numbers, learn set within faux-lush grounds the palm courts of the grand

SWINGERS IMAGES COURTESY OF SWINGERS; BINGO ACADEMY COURTESY OF BINGO ACADEMY


traditional and 21st-century bingo that resemble a 1920s English hotels on the British south
talk, and discover variations on country golf club. The West coast. Caddies will also serve
the game (Thur-Sat in May). End branch, meanwhile, has you cocktails as you play.
www.bingo-academy.com transformed a huge space off There are beach huts with
Oxford Street into the English street-food vendors such
Riviera of the 1920s. as burger joint Patty & Bun,
Swingers co-founder Matt pizzeria Made of Dough,
Grech-Smith says: ‘When we Mexican taco shack Breddos
first combined crazy golf with Tacos and Hackney Gelato.
cocktails and street food at our The site has two nine-hole
pop-up in 2014, we had no idea golf courses: the Big Wheel
how enthusiastically it would and the Helter Skelter, both of
be received. Fast forward three which are packed with jumps,
years and Swingers City has loops and a moving Ferris
been off the chart and we can’t wheel. It’s a great idea for a
wait to do it all over again, group night out – especially

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breathing new life into an iconic if you’re competitive, as top
location in the West End.’ scores make the website
Whether or not you’re a wine You enter the new site via leaderboard. If you’re travelling
connoisseur, you’ll want to check a hidden entrance through a as a group, you can hire the
out London Wine Week in and seaside souvenir shop on John whole venue or a private room.
around Devonshire Square in the Prince’s Street, just off Oxford – Sarah Riches
City (14-20 May). Expect tastings, Street. Once inside, browse the 15 John Prince’s St, W1G 0AB.
paired menus and discounts. cocktail menu at the Bandstand T: 020-3846 3222.
www.drinkup.london/wineweek Bar, an all-day bar with a www.competitivesocialising.com
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INFO Most bars are open 11am-11pm, most nightclubs are open 10pm-3am. The UK’s legal drinking age
is 18 years old. ID may be required. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London map

TRADITIONAL PUBS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT


MAGPIE & STUMP THE BLUES KITCHEN
Opposite the Old Bailey courts, this historic pub Bourbon and burgers, plus bands and DJs.
dates back to the 1500s. 18 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP. 111 Camden High St, NW1 7JN (and Shoreditch
T: 020-7248 5085. www.magpieandstump.com. and Brixton branches). T: 020-7387 5277. www.the
Station: St Paul’s. D10. blueskitchen.com. Station: Camden Town. Off map.

THE SPANIARDS INN RONNIE SCOTT’S


A cosy, ancient pub by Hampstead Heath, which Renowned Soho jazz club with a late bar. 47 Frith
author Charles Dickens frequented. Spaniards Rd, St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. www.ronnie
NW3 7JJ. T: 020-8731 8406. www.thespaniards scotts.co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
hampstead.co.uk. Station: Hampstead. Off map.
CASINOS
WAXY O’CONNOR’S CASINO AT THE EMPIRE
Huge Irish-themed pub with live music, food Includes an Asian restaurant, bar, poker room and
menu and four bars. 14-16 Rupert St, W1D 6DD. games. Open 24 hours daily. 5-6 Leicester Square,
T: 020-7287 0255. www.waxyoconnors.co.uk. WC2 7NA. T: 020-3627 0818. www.thecasinol
Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7. sq.com. Station: Leicester Square. E7.

YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE


Historic pub with snug 17th-century rooms and REVIEW
narrow passageways. 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU.
T: 020-7353 6170. Station: Blackfriars. D9.
BARS & CLUBS
THE BACK ROOM
Next door to Hard Rock Cafe, this cocktail bar
features iconic music items, including a door
from the Apple Studios signed by The Beatles.
148b Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700.
www.hardrock.com. Station: Green Park. E6.

SEARCYS ST PANCRAS CHAMPAGNE BAR


Europe’s longest Champagne bar is in a train
station. St Pancras International, Euston Rd, N1C
TOP GUN
4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. www.searcyschampagne The Gunmakers, a quirky k 19th-century
19th t pubb
bars.co.uk. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras. C8. in Clerkenwell, has been taken over by the
drinks agency Sweet&Chilli. The ground-floor
GONG bar brims with plants and flowers serving
Located on the 52nd floor of The Shard, Gong Asian-inspired small plates made from
is a smart lounge and bar. 31 St Thomas St, seasonal British produce. Chef Madison Duffy
SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8208. www.shangri- from Wright Bros and Coya has created dishes
la.com. Station: London Bridge. E10. including cucumber salad with sour radishes,
ox tongue spring roll with chilli jam; crispy
GORDON’S WINE BAR pig’s ears with nori and soy-glazed chicken.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE GUNMAKERS

Enjoy a large selection of wines in this brick- A spiral staircase leads to a bar with antiques,
walled basement, established in 1890. 47 Villiers Chesterfield sofas and art on turquoise walls.
St, WC2N 6NE. T: 020-7930 1408. www.gordons Enjoy craft beer and cocktails, including
winebar.com. Station: Charing Cross. E8. a salted-caramel Old Fashioned, while a DJ
spins tunes. Gun Club, in the attic, is a hair
RILEYS SPORTS BAR salon with original barbershop chairs and
Busy bar with 34 screens, table football and a retro bar, so you can enjoy a drink while
American food. £. 380 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE. you have your hair trimmed.
T: 020-7930 0393. www.rileyssportsbars.co.uk. 13 Eyre St Hill, EC1R 5ET. T: 020-7278 1022.
Station: Piccadilly Circus. E3. www.thegunmakers.co.uk

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BEYOND LONDON Why not escape the capital with a visit to some
of Britain’s best-loved castles and palaces?

Royal
residences
Once upon a time, the public could only
imagine what life was like on the other
side of the drawbridge. But visitors to
the UK are lucky to have the chance to
visit palaces and castles. Sarah Riches
crosses their moats for a closer look

WINDSOR CASTLE and gold furniture and grand fireplaces, you’ll


All eyes will be on Windsor as the world watches be following in the Queen’s footsteps: she uses
Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle at Windsor these rooms to entertain officials. Like the
Castle in Berkshire. So if you only have time to Queen, you can walk the red carpet in the grand
visit one royal residence, make it that. Founded reception room, a former ballroom, which is
by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it is decked in gold and illuminated by chandeliers.
the former home of 39 monarchs and the oldest St George’s Chapel is in the castle grounds
WINDSOR CASTLE IMAGES © PETER PACKER/THE ROYAL

and largest occupied castle in the world – and and a sight in itself, as it’s the resting place of
still where the Queen spends most weekends. 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
COLLECTION/HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

On a castle tour you can access the grand Construction began in 1475, and the stone
State Apartments, a series of rooms that were ceiling was added under Henry VII.
first decorated by Charles II in the 17th century. Visitors can learn about the art of woodcarving
As well as elaborate painted ceilings, the rooms in the Middle Ages (1 May) and attend a talk on
feature ornamental plaster and masterpieces the castle’s past. As you might expect, there’s
by Holbein, van Dyck and Rubens. It’s a tough also a host of wedding-themed activities, from
call, but the Waterloo Chamber, a series of Wedding Belles of Windsor – from 5 May, a
rooms, takes the prize for being the grandest. workshop in which children can design a tiara
Displays of porcelain, armour and sculptures or ceremonial sword – to a mass picnic and
sit beneath a vaulted ceiling. music festival in the moat, with wedding-themed
George IV added a series of private, semi-State storytelling (28 May).
Rooms in the 1820s. As you stroll past plush red www.royalcollection.org.uk

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Clockwise from top left: Frogmore


House; Palace of Holyroodhouse; Mary
Moser Room in Frogmore House

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE for official functions. The palace’s largest room is


If you can’t find the Queen in London or Windsor, the Great Gallery, which is lined with 94 portraits
you may get lucky at the Palace of Holyroodhouse of Scottish kings – and one token queen. Combine
on the Royal Mile, which is her official residence your visit with a trip to The Queen’s Gallery to
QUEEN ELIZABETH II; HOLYROODHOUSE © BRITISH TOURIST AUTHORITY
FROGMORE HOUSE IMAGES © THE ROYAL COLLECTION © HER MAJESTY

in Edinburgh. David I built Holyrood Abbey in see Canaletto and the Art of Venice (from 11 May).
1128 (now a ruin), to which various buildings www.royalcollection.org.uk
such as guest houses and royal chambers were
added over a century. James IV, a frequent visitor, FROGMORE HOUSE
converted the royal lodgings into a palace in the If you’re in Windsor, don’t miss Frogmore
late 1400s, and a tower, drawbridge and moat House, just south of the town. It’s been a royal
were contructed in the 1500s. residence since King George III bought it for
The garden was added in 1503 by James IV his wife, Queen Charlotte. Charlotte’s passion
and was once the grounds for archery, hunting and for botany is reflected in the interiors, from
tournaments. Now, if you stroll around the site, floral furniture to painted garlands added by
you’ll see a sundial and a border of silver flowers her daughter, while the Mary Moser Room is
planted for the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee. dedicated to flower painter Moser. The house
The highlights of the palace include the State was also the home of Queen Victoria’s mother,
Apartments, which feature a grand four-poster bed the Duchess of Kent, and you can see artwork
in the King’s bedchamber and a bedroom that by Victoria’s daughters. Once you’ve explored
belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1550s. the house, stroll around the lake and gardens.
The Throne Room, which has two thrones, is used www.royalcollection.org.uk

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BEYOND LONDON

Clockwise from this image:


Leeds Castle; actors at Hampton Court
Palace; Hampton Court Palace;
painted ceiling in Hampton Court
Palace’s Queen’s drawing room

LEEDS CASTLE © ISTOCK; HAMPTON COURT PALACE © VISITBRITAIN/HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES


LEEDS CASTLE
If you’re looking for a day trip closer to London,
then visit Leeds Castle in Kent. Building records
date back to the Domesday Book, which stated
that William the Conqueror’s half-brother
owned the manor on this site. The first stone
castle was erected in 1119, and the castle’s royal
connections date back to 1278, when Queen
Eleanor of Castile bought it and became the
first of six queens to live here. King Edward I
inherited the castle in 1290, improving the
defences and adding a bathhouse.
Highlights include the four-poster beds in the
Queen’s bedroom and the Lady Baillie bedroom.
Spend time in the 500-acre grounds, with
woodland, a gravel pathway, a Mediterranean
terrace and a maze made from 2,400 yew trees.
The castle hosts family-friendly events and
activities all year round, including daily falconry
displays, punting on the moat, plus ferry and
train rides. This month, you can also see vintage,
racer and bizarre cars during Motors by the Moat
(12-13 May), and a medieval joust (26-28 May).
www.leeds-castle.com

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HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Another spectacular place to visit is Hampton
Court Palace, King Henry VIII’s Tudor residence
on the outskirts of London. The Great Hall, with
its vaulted ceiling and tapestries, is unmissable.
You can admire the King’s crown in the royal pew.
See the world’s longest grapevine and discover
the recently restored kitchen garden, which has
ingredients that would have been grown when
the palace was a royal residence. Save the best
till last, and get lost in the immense yew maze.
www.hrp.org.uk

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